THE review of maternity services in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is to be extended to cover all adverse perinatal cases from 2008 to November last year.
The terms of reference for the inquiry which will be chaired by Prof James Walker, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Leeds, will include the seven cases, including two infant deaths which emerged last month as well as other cases which came to light since then.
Around 12 individual cases have emerged in recent weeks. The review will also look at wider aspects of maternity care at the hospital unit.
The hospital said that these case reviews will be conducted based on the agreed HSE systems analysis process for investigating serious incidents and will involve a detailed review of individual cases to identify any key causal and contributory factors and make recommendations to address these factors.
The Saolta Group, which includes Portiuncula, said it is continuing to meet families who have expressed concerns about their care and all relevant cases will be included in this review. The review will start in the coming weeks and is expected to take five months. Other members of the team are to be announced. Regular re-audits have confirmed that there is no continuing patient safety concern, said a spokesman.