Fetal remains being disposed of properly in Worcestershire

Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Worcestershire Royal Hospital

First published in News

THE organisation running the majority of midwifery and neonatal services in Worcestershire is meeting national requirements in dealing with the remains of aborted or miscarried babies.

There was outcry in March this year when it was revealed a number of hospital trusts in England and Wales had incinerated the remains of fetuses which had not been carried to term.

Following the revelation the Department of Health imposed an immediate ban on the practice and NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh wrote to all hospital trusts asking them to review their procedures.

A meeting of the board of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – which runs Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital – heard the organisation was complying with guidelines on the practice.

Trust chief executive Penny Venables said the organisation was looking into what else could be done to make the experience of would-be parents who have lost or aborted a child easier.

“We have assured ourselves that largely we are complying with all the requirements,” she said.

“There is work we are doing with undertakers and talking to other trusts about the work they are doing.

“There are difficulties in that lots of crematoriums won’t accept products of conception.

“We are in discussion with Birmingham Women’s Hospital about what they have done.”

Products of conception is the medical term for the tissue produced from the union of an egg and a sperm.

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4:16pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Tobster says...

I'm sure knowing this good news has brightened up everyone's afternoon to no end.
I'm sure knowing this good news has brightened up everyone's afternoon to no end. Tobster
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8:15am Fri 1 Aug 14

New Kid on the Block says...

The English spelling is Foetal and Foetus why has the American spelling been used?
“We have assured ourselves that largely we are complying with all the requirements,” - Surely the aim should be total compliance.
The English spelling is Foetal and Foetus why has the American spelling been used? “We have assured ourselves that largely we are complying with all the requirements,” - Surely the aim should be total compliance. New Kid on the Block
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6:12pm Fri 1 Aug 14

CHANDBRUSH says...

Largely compliant what does that mean ? Not totally compliant.
Largely compliant what does that mean ? Not totally compliant. CHANDBRUSH
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