Sunday 19 November 2017

Hospital needs to win back parents' trust

OUR Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin has serious questions to answer as to how it managed to misinform 18 families that their children were at risk of contacting a dangerous bug, only to row back a day later and advise that they had the all-clear.

Its problem has been compounded after the hospital was forced to admit that seven other patients were still at risk of contamination with ESBL – which can cause blood or kidney infections – but that these had not been identified in an initial investigation.

Not only does this raise concerns about the quality of its clinical records, it also puts parents in the invidious position of not being able to trust one of the busiest hospitals in the State.

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