Case Number 4552
Request Date 07/01/2016
Completion Date 15/02/2016

 

Details of the Request

  1. Does your trust have a bereavement suite available for use by parents in the event of limited life expectancy of an anticipated birth of a child?
  2. If the answer to (a) is no, what alternative arrangements are available?
  3. If the answer to (a) is yes, would parents of a baby who turn up at hospital with a sudden infant death be allowed to use the bereavement suite?
  4. If the answer is yes to (a) where in relation to the Labour ward is the suite located?
  5. Do you have bereavement trained midwives? If yes, how many?
  6. Do you have a trained bereavement councillor at the hospital? If yes, what is the average waiting time to be able access support from that councillor?
  7. Do you provide any written information to parents following the loss of a baby? If yes, please name the third sector organisation information is provided from.
  8. Can you list the guidelines around infant death which are implemented by the hospital?
  9. Does the hospital provide support around funeral arrangements for infants or babies who have died at the hospital?
  10. Does the hospital advise parents on the advantages of having a post mortem conducted where this is not compulsory?

 

Details of the Response

(a) Does your trust have a bereavement suite available for use by parents in the event of limited life expectancy of an anticipated birth of a child?

Yes we do. It is situated on the labour ward called the Daffodil Suite, furthest away from delivery women.

 

(b) If the answer to (a) is no, what alternative arrangements are available?

N/A

 

(c) If the answer to (a) is yes, would parents of a baby who turn up at hospital with a sudden infant death be allowed to use the bereavement suite?

Yes they would, although they may well go to A&E first.

 

(d) If the answer is yes to (a) where in relation to the Labour ward is the suite located?

The suite is located furthest away through a double door for privacy and less noise

 

(e) Do you have bereavement trained midwives? If yes, how many?

Yes, we do. All midwives are trained in bereavement care and are supported in looking after bereaved parents. There are two midwives who are allocated roles in bereavement care and support.

 

(f) Do you have a trained bereavement councillor at the hospital? If yes, what is the average waiting time to be able access support from that councillor?

Yes we have a trained bereavement midwife who has an MSc in counselling and psychotherapy. Bereavement counselling takes precedence and parents can be seen within a week or two. Telephone support is offered as well as one to one. If parents find it difficult to come back to the hospital, home visits can be offered. Parents can be seen together for couple’s counselling if they wish or individual and advice on sibling support is also offered.

 

(g) Do you provide any written information to parents following the loss of a baby? If yes, please name the third sector organisation information is provided from.

Yes, we have several leaflets and contact details of different help/support available, including SANDS, Miscarriage Association, ARC.

 

(h) Can you list the guidelines around infant death which are implemented by the hospital?

“Collapse, Sudden Postnatal Collapse Guideline” and “Bereavement Guidelines” were sent to the requester.

 

(i) Does the hospital provide support around funeral arrangements for infants or babies who have died at the hospital?

Yes support is always offered. Options are discussed so that parents are able to make an informed choice, so that they can decide what is best for them.

The hospital provides a funeral service for all losses 12-24 weeks gestation if the parents wish that they can attend. < 12 weeks all babies are cremated. Consent forms are required for all cremations up to 24 weeks which also gives an opportunity for parents to understand what their options are.

Parents generally arrange their own funerals for losses >24 weeks gestation, support and guidance can be given if required.

 

(j) Does the hospital advise parents on the advantages of having a post mortem conducted where this is not compulsory?

Yes this is discussed in detail with the parents and written material is provided so that they have time to think about what they wish. Ultimately of course it is the parents’ wish.