HIQA Review of Progress at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise
The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published its review of progress made at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise in implementing recommendations following HIQA’s investigation in 2015. The investigation arose following the death of five babies at the hospital’s maternity unit. HIQA reviewed not only the maternity services but the provision of other clinical services at the hospital.
In 2015, HIQA made eight recommendations to ensure that risks and deficiencies identified at the hospital were addressed in order to ensure the delivery of safe and consistent patient care. The review found that maternity services at the hospital are being provided in a safer and more sustainable way, however HIQA’s Director of Regulation, Mary Dunnion stated “Despite the improvements to maternity services at Portloaise Hospital, the lack of certainty around the provision of other clinical services at the hospital has led to difficulty in recruiting and retaining staff, and an over-reliance on agency staff.”
The HIQA Review of Progress has found that governance arrangements in the Emergency Department remains largely unchanged and not in line with the HSE’s National Clinical Programme for Emergency Medicine. In addition, the intensive care unit does not meet the minimum requirements for critical care as set out by the joint faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland.
For more, please see the following:-
1. Review Report 5th December 2016
2. Portlaoise Investigation Report 8th May 2015