Sunday 19 November 2017

Family's relief as two lost daughters to be included Portiuncula maternity review

Lorraine and Warren Reilly, who lost two babies in two years
Lorraine and Warren Reilly, who lost two babies in two years
Warren and Lorraine Reilly from Loughrea who lost two children while attending Portiuncla Hospital. Photo: Andrew Downes
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A Galway family who lost two daughters at Portiuncula hospital have told of their relief that their cases are to be included in a review of maternity services there.

Warren and Lorraine Reilly lost daughters Asha and Amber at the hospital in 2008 and 2010.

They had been told earlier this week that their case was unlikely to be included in the review because it fell outside the timeframe in question.

They also received a draft terms of reference which made no mention of including their case.

However, early yesterday the couple's solicitor was contacted by the HSE and told their case would be included.

"It's a complete about turn but we are very relieved. We just hope other families will get the same opportunity.

"Up until this morning we believed we would not be included but they are now sending us an broadened terms of reference. We are still feeling cautious," said Mr Reilly.

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Warren and Lorraine Reilly
Warren and Lorraine Reilly

The Saolta group said the draft terms of reference are currently being considered by the original seven families identified. It added that an additional six other families will be met next week.

If the terms of reference are to be extended to include other families, the draft will be shared with them in advance of publication, a spokesperson added.

The review will focus on identifying any key causal factors that may have occurred.

It aims to identify the extent, if any, of deficiencies in the process and outcome of care and any patterns that would have wider implications for the safety of services delivered during the time period in question.

It will also review the wider delivery of services at PHB maternity unit during the time period in question.

It will also review the neonatal care and identify current status of a number of babies who are alive and who had therapeutic hypothermia.

The review team will consist of two obstetricians, one national and one international – one of whom will act as chair.

Two senior midwives, one national and one international, a women’s advocat or patient organisation representative,  a consultant neonatologist and an  expert in clinical risk management

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