Maddy Lawrence inquest statement

North Bristol NHS Trust Chief Medical Officer, Tim Whittlestone, said:

“Firstly, on behalf of the Trust I would like to say how deeply sorry we are to Maddy’s family, friends and teammates, and offer our unreserved, heartfelt apologies.

As a parent, I can think of nothing worse than knowing there were missed opportunities which could have affected Maddy’s outcome.

Despite the rarity of Maddy’s condition and the heroic efforts of many of our clinical teams, we acknowledge, and apologise for, the omissions in her care.

Beyond our apology we will reflect carefully on the findings of the coroner. The coroner noted the actions that we have already taken, and we recognise the improvements we still need to make. The recognition of, and our response to, deteriorating patients is the main safety improvement priority for our hospital. This includes enhancing training and the planned introduction of additional critical rapid response teams.

Our thoughts and sincerest condolences remain with the family at this incredibly difficult time.”