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Rosie Hospital documentary update

01 December 2017
The filming which has been taking place in one of the clinics at The Rosie Hospital as part of a documentary on complex pregnancies and stillbirth will end in December 2017, in line with the filming agreement made with True Vision Productions earlier this year.

Until such time as all equipment is removed, patients and visitors may see some cameras still in place but they will be accompanied by signs confirming that they are no longer in use.

Our participation in this programme has been driven by feedback from patients who feel that more needs to be done to raise the profile of stillbirth in the UK and we will continue to work closely with the programme makers on the documentary as it develops.  We strongly support the view that stillbirth, while a difficult subject, is one which requires much greater awareness and discussion.  

Despite the protocols in place to protect privacy, we fully appreciate that there are some who feel that the presence of cameras in the clinic rooms was inappropriate and we understand and empathise with that view.  We are sorry for any distress that has been caused.

The Trust has previously issued the following statement to explain its position:

“The Rosie is taking part in a documentary with True Vision Productions and Channel 4 focusing on stillbirth and complex pregnancies.  We took the decision to participate in the documentary as a direct result of feedback from women who had been through stillbirth and said there was not enough information on this difficult but important issue – that it is seen as a taboo subject.

“Because of the sensitivity of the subject, we established a robust consent process with True Vision to safeguard women who visit Clinic 23. No footage taken by the cameras is ever viewed by anyone without express consent of the patient, and it is automatically deleted after a few days. There are signs in the clinic explaining that filming is taking place and if a patient is uncomfortable with this they can opt to be taken to a room without a camera.

“Stillbirth affects a very small number of women - less than one in 200 - and only those women affected would be approached about possible use of footage.  Notices about the filming are displayed in all clinical and public areas and staff are fully briefed about the documentary to answer any questions women may have.”

Anyone who has concerns about any of the issue raised above is very welcome to discuss them with our Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 01223 216756 or email: pals@addenbrookes.nhs.uk