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Paediatric Cardiac Services

23 January 2014


All quotes attributable to Robert Woolley, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust:

My deepest sympathies are with Mr and Mrs Turner and their family today. The coroner has heard that their son Sean was born with a very rare and complex heart condition and was undergoing a procedure which carries a known risk of death. But the inquest has also highlighted some missed opportunities in the care we gave to Sean when managing his post operative complications and shortcomings in our communication with the family. I would like to offer my sincere apologies to Mr and Mrs Turner for the additional distress that we have caused them in relation to Sean's death.

We are always improving our services and we have made significant changes since Sean was on the ward in early 2012. Through medical advances, we are able to treat children today who in previous decades would simply not have survived with the condition they were born with. While we aim to make these specialist procedures as safe as possible they continue to carry risks. Despite Sean's very sad death, our outcomes are comparable to other national centres for this type of surgery. We will of course continue to reflect on Sean's death, the coroner's conclusion and the evidence heard over the last 7 days, and we will ensure we have identified all possible lessons for future care of children like Sean.


Paediatric Cardiac Services - Statement from Robert Woolley, the Chief Executive  - 10 January 2014

30 May 2014

Please see here for information on the independent review into paediatric cardiac services.