Issues identified at Maternity unit of a Galway Hospital

Issues identified at Maternity unit of a Galway Hospital

Deficiencies in care have been identified at Portiuncula Hospital in Galway after two babies died and five others suffered oxygen deprivation.

A review into these cases identified a number of care issues at the hospital in Ballinasloe between February and November 2014.

In a statement issued late last night the Hospital said apparent deficiencies in care were identified “which included interpretation and review of CTG tracings; administration of drugs to accelerate labour; and instrumental delivery”.

The hospital is part of the Saolta University Health Care Group.

The group said that, on December 4, it initiated “corrective measures” to address the quality of care issues that had been identified.

Since then, in repeated re-audits, it has confirmed "the on-going full implementation of the corrective measures"

The hospital also said “Additional training has been provided to all maternity staff and additional senior supervision is being provided to both medical and midwifery staff.”

The hospital has clarified that there is no continuing patient safety concern arising from the issues identified.

“There have been no negative perinatal outcomes at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe since the enhanced monitoring measures were put in place,” the statement read.

“In line with the requirement of the HSE ‘Open Disclosure’ policy, the seven families affected are being contacted by the hospital and appointments made where requested for consultations with medical staff and support services.”

Following an initial internal review, the families are being advised that their babies’ cases will be part of an in-depth review that has been initiated by Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe-Saolta University Health Care Group.

“The seven affected families will be consulted on the terms of reference and the review team will engage with the seven families as part of the process.”

A report on the review should be completed within the next three months and it will be presented to the HSE, and the Minister for Health.

“Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe-Saolta University Health Care Group regrets any distress this process may cause to the families involved and to other service users and in particular wishes to sympathise with the families of the two babies who died,” the statement read.


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