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Investigation at Portiuncula Hospital

The Health Service Executive are to investigate deficiencies at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe after two babies allegedly died and five others suffered oxygen deprivation.

The HSE says it’s investigating the apparent deficiencies which came to light during an investigation which followed the deaths of two babies during childbirth between February and November last year.

A further five babies were allegedly deprived of oxygen during delivery – and were moved to Dublin for emergency care.

The review found deficiencies in the interpretation of foetal heartbeat tracing, the administration of drugs to accelerate labour – and instrumental delivery.

In a statement, Portiuncula Hospital and the Saolta University Healthcare Group says the seven families affected are being contacted; corrective measures have been implemented successfully and they’re satisfied there is no continuing concern for patient safety.

Their cases will be subject to an independent review – with the findings to be published within three months and presented to the Health Minister and the HSE.

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