“We have today formally received an Independent Report into the care and treatment of Coco Rose Bradford. We have fully accepted the report’s findings and will report our progress against every one of its recommendations publicly at our Trust Board.
Coco was a 6 year old little girl who was in our care on two occasions in July 2017. On the first occasion she was reviewed in the Emergency Department and sent home and on the second occasion she was on one of our paediatric wards for three days.
Coco was transferred from RCHT to Bristol Children’s Hospital on 28th July 2017 where she died on 31st July 2017.
The report describes a series of failures in care and missed opportunities to treat Coco at a time when her death could have been avoided and her symptoms treated.
We know that Coco’s family, and in particular Rachel, Luke, Chelsea and Bianca have fought to get the full facts of the case. We will continue to work with them to try to fully understand why we failed and to make sure that Coco’s legacy for all children in Cornwall is – that this never happens again.
The whole hospital Trust and our communities in Cornwall will be saddened when they read the report. The care described is not reflective of general care on our children’s wards. We have sought, and will continue to seek, external scrutiny of our services so that local people can be confident that we are safe and effective in the care of children in Cornwall.
It is however vital that we accept and acknowledge the fact that for Coco and her family we were not good enough. We apologise unreservedly.”