Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital trust launch investigation after two-year-old Muhammad Hashir Naveed died when taken to a hospital without A&E

Chase Farm hospital A&E closed on December 9, 2013

Chase Farm hospital A&E closed on December 9, 2013

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A hospital trust has launched an investigation into the death of a toddler after he was taken to an Enfield hospital that had recently closed its accident and emergency unit.

Campaigners that fought against the closure of Chase Farm Hospital’s A&E have labelled the death of two-year-old Muhammad Hashir Naveed “disgraceful.”

The Oakwood toddler was taken to the hospital in The Ridgeway, Enfield, in the early hours of Wednesday, January 15 but only realised on arrival that the A&E unit was no longer in operation.

The child was taken to North Middlesex Hospital in Sterling Way, Edmonton, but was pronounced dead at approximately 4am.

Chase Farm’s A&E unit was closed down on December 9, 2013 following years of protests and battles by campaigners.

Its fate was sealed at the Royal Courts of Justice when a legal appeal from Enfield Borough Council was rejected.

The service was replaced by an urgent care centre on the site which is opened seven days a week from 9am to 9pm.

Chief campaigner for the North East London Council of Action Bill Rogers believes the toddler's death has highlighted everything they feared when the closure was made.

He said: “This has been the first tragedy brought to light but we don’t know how many other times this could have happened in the past month.

“This reflects everything we campaigned for and we said if you lose an accident and emergency in the borough people will die. People will have go elsewhere and this causes huge pressure on places like North Mid and Barnet.

“It is absolutely disgraceful that such a death has occurred and I fear that this won’t be the last.”

A spokesperson for Barnet and Chase Farm hospital trust said: “We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family on the loss of their son.

“The new urgent care centre at Chase Farm Hospital is open from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week. There is an emergency phone at the entrance for patients who arrive outside these hours.

“The trust can confirm that an ambulance was called immediately by trust staff. The child was attended to on site where resuscitation was initiated. The child was placed in the care of the London Ambulance Service who continued to resuscitate him during the transfer to North Middlesex University Hospital.

“A full investigation is underway to ensure the appropriate actions were taken.”

Enfield North MP Nick de Bois said: “My deepest sympathies go to the parents and family for the tragic and shocking loss of their son.

“They went to Chase Farm in good faith under the most distressing circumstances, thinking that this was the right place to go in the middle of the night.

“The hospital authorities are now effectively asking residents in extreme moments of stress often desperately worried about their loved ones to distinguish between and urgent care centre and accident and emergency unit which is something few of us are qualified to do.”

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5:35pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Jon10 says...

This is an absolute tragedy.

We need to close smaller A&Es to get better outcomes at large units, where there are bigger teams of more experienced doctors.

That is no consolation to this grieving family, or course. But some A&Es in London do need to close to give us a better health service.
This is an absolute tragedy. We need to close smaller A&Es to get better outcomes at large units, where there are bigger teams of more experienced doctors. That is no consolation to this grieving family, or course. But some A&Es in London do need to close to give us a better health service. Jon10
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8:00am Tue 21 Jan 14

long67 says...

Jon10 wrote:
This is an absolute tragedy.

We need to close smaller A&Es to get better outcomes at large units, where there are bigger teams of more experienced doctors.

That is no consolation to this grieving family, or course. But some A&Es in London do need to close to give us a better health service.
This Government and the Previous one have closed too many Hospitals to the detriment of the people of this once proud country, I read in the News last week that someone was knocked down in Lancaster Road , and had to be taken to White Chapel E1. Now if Chase Farm had been open as before well need I say more.
[quote][p][bold]Jon10[/bold] wrote: This is an absolute tragedy. We need to close smaller A&Es to get better outcomes at large units, where there are bigger teams of more experienced doctors. That is no consolation to this grieving family, or course. But some A&Es in London do need to close to give us a better health service.[/p][/quote]This Government and the Previous one have closed too many Hospitals to the detriment of the people of this once proud country, I read in the News last week that someone was knocked down in Lancaster Road , and had to be taken to White Chapel E1. Now if Chase Farm had been open as before well need I say more. long67
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2:18pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Jon10 says...

long67 wrote:
Jon10 wrote:
This is an absolute tragedy.

We need to close smaller A&Es to get better outcomes at large units, where there are bigger teams of more experienced doctors.

That is no consolation to this grieving family, or course. But some A&Es in London do need to close to give us a better health service.
This Government and the Previous one have closed too many Hospitals to the detriment of the people of this once proud country, I read in the News last week that someone was knocked down in Lancaster Road , and had to be taken to White Chapel E1. Now if Chase Farm had been open as before well need I say more.
Well, yes, I think you DO need to say more, actually, although maybe you and I don't actually KNOW any more.

If that accident victim was taken to Whitechapel (presumably the London Hospital) because of cash shortages in the NHS, resulting in no capacity nearer the accident site, then that is deplorable, and we should fight for an NHS that is better funded.

However - as MAY be the case - if that patient was taken to the London because it is one of the biggest and most advanced trauma centres in the country and it was clinicaly the best place to save that life, then...?
[quote][p][bold]long67[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jon10[/bold] wrote: This is an absolute tragedy. We need to close smaller A&Es to get better outcomes at large units, where there are bigger teams of more experienced doctors. That is no consolation to this grieving family, or course. But some A&Es in London do need to close to give us a better health service.[/p][/quote]This Government and the Previous one have closed too many Hospitals to the detriment of the people of this once proud country, I read in the News last week that someone was knocked down in Lancaster Road , and had to be taken to White Chapel E1. Now if Chase Farm had been open as before well need I say more.[/p][/quote]Well, yes, I think you DO need to say more, actually, although maybe you and I don't actually KNOW any more. If that accident victim was taken to Whitechapel (presumably the London Hospital) because of cash shortages in the NHS, resulting in no capacity nearer the accident site, then that is deplorable, and we should fight for an NHS that is better funded. However - as MAY be the case - if that patient was taken to the London because it is one of the biggest and most advanced trauma centres in the country and it was clinicaly the best place to save that life, then...? Jon10
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2:53pm Tue 21 Jan 14

bedhead94 says...

If that best place is too far away, then it doesn't matter whether it is the best place, because they could die before they reach the front doors. Chase Farm was far from the best A&E around, but the point was that, between CFH, North Mid and Barnet, they had the area covered. Now, many people face a longer journey to get help, which risks the chance of survival for the patient.

The people of Enfield were lied to. Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron lied through their teeth to us, and now people are dying - not just here, but in all places where they have stripped the NHS to the bare minimum. Rather than fighting about whether CFH SHOULD have closed or not, we should be looking to the people who made the decision to do it for the apparent improvement to services that come in light of such closures. So far, i'm seeing very little.
If that best place is too far away, then it doesn't matter whether it is the best place, because they could die before they reach the front doors. Chase Farm was far from the best A&E around, but the point was that, between CFH, North Mid and Barnet, they had the area covered. Now, many people face a longer journey to get help, which risks the chance of survival for the patient. The people of Enfield were lied to. Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron lied through their teeth to us, and now people are dying - not just here, but in all places where they have stripped the NHS to the bare minimum. Rather than fighting about whether CFH SHOULD have closed or not, we should be looking to the people who made the decision to do it for the apparent improvement to services that come in light of such closures. So far, i'm seeing very little. bedhead94
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3:10pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Enfieldian14 says...

It is heartbreaking that this child died, but wrong to blame it on the closure of Chase Farm A&E. The closure has been well advertised; it was the parents mistake in taking their child there. Also, he was seen by a nurse within 10 minutes of arriving at Chase Farm and Paramedics were on the scene within 20 minutes. Tragically, he died and therefore must have been very poorly. Why didn't his parents call an ambulance? Not only would they have have known where to go, but they also would have had the experience and equipment needed to give the child the best chance of survival.
It is heartbreaking that this child died, but wrong to blame it on the closure of Chase Farm A&E. The closure has been well advertised; it was the parents mistake in taking their child there. Also, he was seen by a nurse within 10 minutes of arriving at Chase Farm and Paramedics were on the scene within 20 minutes. Tragically, he died and therefore must have been very poorly. Why didn't his parents call an ambulance? Not only would they have have known where to go, but they also would have had the experience and equipment needed to give the child the best chance of survival. Enfieldian14
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