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‘Dual cleaning and catering duties’ at hospital

WORN and poorly maintained wall paintwork, wood finishes and flooring in the theatre department of Limerick’s maternity hospital do not “facilitate effective cleaning” according to a report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). The report also stated that cleaning staff in the theatre department and labour ward “have dual cleaning and catering duties” and that the cleaning resources allocated to the labour ward “did not provide assurances that the cleanliness of the physical environment can be effectively managed and maintained particularly during surges in activity”. Hospital management, however, said additional staff recruitment is nearing completion and should rectify these issues. An unannounced inspection, which took place at the University Maternity Hospital on January 27, found that “overall the environment in the theatre department was generally clean” and had “achieved 95% compliance in the most recent environmental audit carried out”. However, the HIQA inspectors also identified “a number of infrastructural and maintenance issues which had the potential to impact …

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Maternity hospital on the move

THE University Maternity Hospital on the Ennis Road in Limerick is to be relocated to Dooradoyle, with the provision of state-of-the-art medical facilities. The announcement was part of the Government’s €27 billion capital plan announced today (Tuesdsay). “I am delighted that under the Government’s six year capital plan Limerick will get a new maternity hospital, located on the main University Hospital site at Dooradoyle. This will mark a new era for maternity care in Limerick and surrounding counties and is very positive news,” commented Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan, following the Government announcement. The current maternity hospital, which is also known by its former name of St Munchin’s, was commissioned in the 1960s, having been designed to cater for about 3,000 annual births. In recent years, it has dealt between 4,600 and 5,500 annual births. It is the fifth largest of the 19 maternity units in the country. In addition to its role in providing obstetric care to the women of …

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Two babies die in Galway hospital

An independent review of maternity services is underway at a Galway maternity hospital following the death of two babies as a result of oxygen deprivation during delivery. An internal review of maternity care at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe also found another five babies had evidence of hypoxia during delivery. In line with the requirement of the HSE “Open Disclosure” policy, the seven affected families are being contacted by the hospital and appointments made where requested for consultations with medical staff and support services. According to a statement issued by the Saolta University Health Care Group on behalf of the hospital, there have been no other negative perinatal outcomes since the enhanced monitoring measures were put in place. The group stated the hospital has put in place enhanced care processes and monitoring of women in labour at its maternity unit to address quality of care issues that arose during the period between February and November 2014. On December 4th, the Saolta Group …

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