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The Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Families 

The purpose and the approach of the independent review of maternity services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust are outlined in our Terms of Reference (available here). 

Identification of clinical cases for the review will be based on the ‘Open Book’ approach as used in the review of maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.  The Trust will be providing the review team with a large amount of information including cases in the following 5 categories: 

  • Term and intrapartum stillbirths
  • Neonatal deaths from 24 weeks gestation that occur up to 28 days of life; the review team will also consider neonatal serious incident reports and neonatal never events 
  • Babies diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (Grade 2 & 3) and other significant hypoxic injury
  • Maternal death up to 42 days post-partum
  • Severe maternal harm to include cases such as all unexpected  admission to ITU requiring ventilation, major obstetric hemorrhage  e.g. cases where blood loss exceeds 3.5L, peri-partum hysterectomy, and other major surgical procedures arising  from the maternity episode, cases of eclampsia and clinically significant cases of pulmonary embolus requiring further treatment

The review team will contact families to ask for their consent to be involved in the review. The wishes of families, whether to be involved in the review, (or not) will be completely respected by the maternity review team.

We ask all families whose experience falls into one (or more) of the 5 categories above to  please contact us via email: [email protected] 

If your maternity experience is outside of these 5 categories, we will still be able to consider your case, and important learning from your case can be used to improve maternity care at the Trust.  

Please let the review team know about your maternity care by completing the online form below or email us on [email protected] . 


    All of your messages will be delivered directly to the review team and will be read carefully.  Your experience will help the review team to build a wide and clear picture of maternity care provision at the Trust.

    *Please note that the review team is only able to support with concerns raised in relation to maternity care provided at the Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust. If you query is regarding a different Trust or is related to a different department at the Trust we will not be able to help. We recommend you contact the relevant Trust directly. 

    My team and I will be in touch with you if we have any questions or if we feel we need additional information from you. 

     Thank you very much for your assistance

    With best wishes 

    Chair 

    The Independent review into maternity services at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust


    1st September 2022
    Announcement from Donna Ockenden

    Today, Donna Ockenden and her review team officially open the Independent Review into Maternity Services at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

    Donna and her team are making a public appeal to anyone that has serious or significant concerns about maternity care in the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) to come forward to the review team. This request also applies to staff members, both current and former, who should feel confident in reaching out to the review team.

    It is of paramount importance that this review triggers local improvements in care that are both timely and effective, so that local families and staff working in maternity services at NUH can once again feel pride and confidence in the safety of their local maternity services. Donna wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone that has contacted the review team so far – your contact, accounts and information are so important to us and we look forward to working with and for you to improve maternity services in NUH in a timely manner, for families and NUH staff now and in the future.


    26th August 2022
    Announcement from Donna Ockenden

    Today, Donna Ockenden and her review team made contact with all Nottinghamshire MPs and City Councilors in the Nottingham area.  Donna has also contacted a number of community groups. 

    Donna believes it is of paramount importance that the Independent review into Maternity Services at the Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust is comprehensive, leaving no voices unheard, and in order to achieve this, it is essential that Donna and the review team are in contact with as many families and current and former staff in maternity services as possible. 

    That is why, today, we are asking a number of representatives  to please urge anyone in their community who has serious concerns about the maternity care that they received at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) to please contact us as soon as possible. Current and former staff at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust NUH can also reach out to the review team in confidence. 

    Please note that this review is considering maternity services in Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) only. We will be unable to help if you or your family have concerns about care in another area of the Trust, or in another Trust across England. 


    15th August 2022
    Announcement from Donna Ockenden

    Families who believe they have been seriously affected by their maternity care and treatment at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) can now contact the independent review team by email [email protected] 

    Former and current staff at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) can also contact in confidence via this email address too.

    All emails will be responded in the near future. The Independent review is due to commence in early September 2022 and further information will be released closer to the time.