Award nomination for Sheffield health team who help bereaved parents

Dr Elspeth Whitby
Dr Elspeth Whitby
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A Sheffield health team who provide a vital service to parents who tragically lose their babies have been shortlisted for a national award.

Dr Elspeth Whitby at the Academic Unit of Reproductive & Developmental Medicine Department of Human Metabolism at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield, along with radiology and pathology colleagues from Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital, have been selected for the award after establishing the world’s first minimally invasive autopsy service for babies and children who tragically die in the womb or 28 days after birth.

They have been selected in the ‘Imaging Team’ category by the BMJ Awards for the service, which gives vital information for future pregnancies and the quality of medical care.

Dr Whitby said: “Coming to terms with the loss of a baby who has died in the womb or shortly after birth is understandably a very distressing and overwhelming experience.

“By offering a non-invasive service we aim to help and support families and individuals who refuse formal autopsies a means to better understand their grief and bereavement.”

The winners will be announced on May 6.