Health

Proposal to develop maternity services at Cavan Hospital

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Proposal to develop maternity services at Cavan Hospital

Cavan General Hospital

The HSE is proposing to develop a Regional Maternal Foetal Service within the RCSI Hospital Group which includes maternity services at Cavan General Hospital.

Cavan General Hospital (CGH) has been unsuccessful previously in recruiting the necessary specialists required to provide a routine 20 week anomaly scanning service.

Five babies at Cavan General Hospital  who died at the hospital since late 2012 have been the subjects of investigations.

A 20 week anomaly scan was recently highlighted as a potential key service during the inquest into baby Conor James Whelan who died in 2014. The inquest found the baby died  by medical misadventure.

Following a query by Cavan-Monaghan Fianna Fáil  TD Brendan Smith asked in Dáil Eireann the HSE say that provision of routine foetal anomaly scanning has been a key target locally for over three years.

“It is expected that this model will have greater recruitment success. This model will enable provision of routine 20-week foetal anomaly scanning for all women attending Cavan General Hospital,” the HSE said.

Deputy Smith welcomed the proposal, and urged that this service put in place at the earliest possible date.

The news comes after a number of new staff have been appointed to Cavan's Maternity Unit, including Clinical Midwifery Managers, Clinical Specialist in Bereavement, Staff midwives and Clinical Midwife Management posts.