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Posted on 28th June 2017

Delayed Treatment of GBS Caused Disability in Baby

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has again been criticised for another failure by medical staff to administer antibiotics which could have saved a new born baby from severe disability.

Born on 25th March 2011 at the scandal hit hospital, midwives recorded the baby boy was breathing abnormally, making grunting sounds and was not feeding. Despite the presence of warning signs, hospital staff failed to act on them.

Solicitors acting for the mum are alleging than the antibiotics which could have lessened or entirely avoided the baby’s condition, should have been given hours before they actually were.

The solicitors claim that it was only when the baby had been born for 15 hours that he was transferred to the neonatal team and a course of antibiotics was started. The midwives noted something was wrong with the baby 8 hours after he was born and therefore there was a delay of 7 hours in providing appropriate treatment.

The baby boy, now 6 years old, suffers from profound disability, developmental delays, visual and hearing impairment. He will need 24 hour care for the rest of his life at a significant cost to the NHS.


One of the most common infections in new born babies is Group B Strep. It is passed from the mum to the child whilst the baby is in the birth canal. Harmless in the women who carry it, the illness can cause sepsis and meningitis, both life threatening conditions for the baby if left untreat.

Group B Strep is not routinely screened for in the UK, instead we follow guidelines which identify symptoms indicating the infection is present. These symptoms include high temperatures and ruptured membranes.

Birth injuries account for around 25% of all the enquiries we receive. If you think you or your baby has sustained an injury during birth that could have been avoided, contact us on 0330 355 9210 or for a free claim assessment.