An inquest into the death of a baby boy has said the lack of timely medical care at James Cook University Hospital was a major factor in his death.

Teesside Senior Coroner Clare Bailey concluded after a two day inquest that Rocco Hodgson died from “natural causes, exacerbated by a lack of timely medical care and treatment with failure to follow policy and protocol”.

The tragedy happened in June 2017 when his mother, Adelle Hodgson, flagged up that she need to be given antibiotics to combat a type of bacteria known as ‘Strep B’.

Her waters broke and she attended the hospital on Marton Road but was sent home without any medication.

She returned on June 25 when she was finally put on antibiotics, but tragically her baby only lived for 90 minutes after he was born.

His death, from natural causes, was as a consequence of congenital pneumonia (group B streptococcus) due to aspiration of infected amniotic fluid.

In a statement, Adelle, 36, and husband Andy, of Springfield Road, Acklam, Middlesbrough, listed a string of concerns about Adelle’s labour and Rocco’s delivery – including the delay in being given the antibiotics when her waters had broken.

Other concerns included Adelle being left for “so long” despite Rocco’s fluctuating heart rate and several elements of the delivery process, with Adelle reporting swelling and physical discomfort and her waters not running clear.

Training exercise at James Cook University Hospital

A midwife, who saw Adelle both in the early hours and when she was readmitted that evening, said she was “genuinely sorry for the error” in sending her home that morning, instead of putting her on antibiotics and booking her in for delivery.

Saying the unit had been very busy, she said Adelle should have been offered induction earlier and revealed a sticker system was now in place at the hospital to ensure a similar mistake didn’t happen again with women carrying Strep B.

A spokeswoman for the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs James Cook hospital, said: “The trust offers its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of baby Rocco Hodgson.

“Following this incident, we have carried out a thorough investigation and have taken significant steps to address the issues and concerns identified in the care provided.

“We would like to apologise to baby Rocco’s family. Baby Rocco’s parents have worked with us to identify changes and improvements and we would like to thank them sincerely for this.”

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