Woman gives birth on hospital chair due to 'no staff'

Frances Randall and son Freddie Frances Randall said her son had fallen on the floor.

Related Stories

A woman has given birth on a chair in a waiting room in an east London hospital amid claims there were no staff or beds available.

Frances Randall gave birth to her son while she was sitting on a chair with help from a stranger at Queen's Hospital in Romford.

The new mother said there had been no medical staff available and her son Freddie had fallen on the floor.

A hospital spokesman apologised but said no complaint had been received.

Miss Randall said she was disgusted that something like this should have happened in a new hospital.

"I was sitting on the chair sideways and I gave birth and that's when he fell on the floor," she said.

'Brand new hospital'

"Luckily he fell on the floor because otherwise the cord would have been wrapped around his neck.

"I'm just disgusted, it's a brand new hospital and things like this shouldn't happen."

Sue Lovell, head of midwifery at Queen's Hospital, said she was aware of the incident and added a new triage system was being put in place.

"When labouring women arrive at Queen's Hospital they will be seen immediately by a midwife and moved straight to the most appropriate area - whether that be the labour ward or ante natal.

"This will eliminate the need for women to stay in waiting areas.

"I have not received a complaint from Miss Randall but would be more than happy to meet with her."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC London



Min. Night 9 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Prostitute in red light district in Seoul, South KoreaSex for soldiers

    How Korea helped prostitutes work near US military bases

  • LuckyDumped

    The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city cleans up

  • A woman gets a Thanksgiving meal at a church in FergusonFamily fears

    Three generations in Ferguson share Thanksgiving reflections

  • Canada joins TwitterTweet North

    Canada's self-deprecating social media feed

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • IslandsUnmapped places

    Will the age-old quest to capture uncharted land and space ever end?


  • All-inclusive holidaysThe Travel Show Watch

    With all-inclusive holidays seeing a resurgence are local trades missing out to big resorts?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.