Wrongful birth claim: Antenatal ultrasound & microcephaly

With relatively few reported decisions regarding wrongful birth, McGuinn v Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust [2017] EWHC 88 (QB) is of interest for its consideration of reasonable clinical practice as to sufficient evidence that the fetus was at risk of suffering from microcephaly, so as to require the claimant’s referral for further investigation and assessment at a tertiary level centre.

The decision did not address causation or assessment of damages.