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 …Read More »
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