Case Number 3448
Request Date 20/01/2014
Completion Date 10/04/2014

 

Details of the Request

I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act to request records of stillborn and fetal remains held in storage by the Trust for more than a month, (ie. 32 days and over).

More specifically, as of today's date, please provide a list of all stillborn children or fetal remains (or parts thereof), stored by the hospital for more than a month (for example, but not limited to, stillborn children, miscarried fetuses, aborted fetuses, etc). For each case in the list, please state the type of remains and any non-confidential information about them such as male/female and weeks' gestation, how long each has been stored for, and the reason for storage.

An example of an answer (but do not be limited by this) would be:

  • Stillborn boy, 27 weeks gestation, stored for three months and four days, awaiting collection by family
  • Brain of stillborn girl, 29 weeks gestation, stored for one year and four months, awaiting examination
  • Miscarried fetus, 22 weeks gestation, stored for five months and 12 days, misplaced records and unable to trace parents ...and so on

 

Details of the Response

Stillborn and fetal remains held in storage by the Trust for more than a month, (ie. 32 days and over).

No. a) Type of remains b) Non-Confidential Information c) Weeks' gestation d) Length of storage time e) Reason for storage
1 Miscarried foetus None Available 13 weeks 6 months Awaiting private funeral arrangements
1 Miscarried foetus None Available 14 weeks 5 weeks To be cremated on specific date
1 Miscarried foetus None Available 19 weeks 5 weeks To be cremated on specific date
1 Miscarried foetus None Available 17 weeks 5 weeks To be cremated on specific date
1 Miscarried foetus None Available 19 weeks 6 weeks To be cremated on specific date
1 Miscarried foetus None Available 20 weeks 6 weeks To be cremated on specific date
1 Miscarried foetus None Available 12 weeks 10 weeks To be cremated on specific date
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 5 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 5 weeks * Awaiting cremation
4 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 6 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 6 weeks * Awaiting cremation
2 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 6 weeks * Awaiting cremation
2 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 6 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 6 weeks * Awaiting cremation
3 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 7 weeks * Awaiting cremation
2 Retained Products of Conception None Availabl e less than 12 weeks 7 weeks * Awaiting cremation
5 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 8 weeks * Awaiting cremation
2 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 8 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 8 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 9 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 9 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 9 weeks * Awaiting cremation
2 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 9 weeks * Awaiting cremation
2 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 9 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 10 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 10 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 10 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 10 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 10 weeks * Awaiting cremation
1 Retained Products of Conception None Available less than 12 weeks 11 weeks * Awaiting cremation

 

* All specimens are considered a surgical specimen and are therefore kept for a minimum of 6 weeks following RCPath guidelines.

Those that are kept longer are due to the Crematorium not having sufficient capacity. There is no other reason for storing tissue at ASPH.

*For records in histology: All the specimens received in histology are ERPC (Evacuation of Retained Products of Conception). We have no indication regarding the sex. All are under 12 weeks gestation. All specimens are considered a surgical specimen and are therefore kept for a minimum of 6 weeks following RCPath guidelines. Those that are kept longer are due to the Crematorium not having sufficient capacity. There is no other reason for storing tissue at ASPH.