Maternity hospital suspends births over concerns as review of care launched
Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, will temporarily refrain from giving birth while a number of cases are reviewed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
A maternity hospital is temporarily on hold while a review of a number of births takes place.
The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has confirmed the maternity ward at Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, will halt births in the unit pending a review of the service, it reported BelfastLive.
Alternative care is offered to expectant mothers, including midwife-led care through Ulster Hospital’s home-from-home unit.
The Trust has said the pause is a precautionary measure in the interest of patient safety, as concerns have been raised about a “small number” of births in the unit.
These cases are being actively investigated and the Trust is working with the families involved.
A spokesman for the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust told BelfastLive: “The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is temporarily pausing births in the midwifery department at Lagan Valley Hospital. All current prenatal and postnatal services will continue to be offered at the unit.
“Mothers-to-be will be offered alternative care, including midwife-led care in the home-from-home unit at Ulster Hospital.
“The South Eastern Trust is taking this precautionary measure following concerns that have been raised about a very small number of cases born in the unit. These cases are being actively reviewed and we are working with the families involved.
“We understand that this decision can be disappointing for both department staff and expectant mothers, but the Trust has taken this temporary measure in the interest of patient safety pending the outcome of these reviews.
“All expectant mothers scheduled to give birth in Lagan Valley Hospital’s Midwifery Unit and all staff affected by this temporary measure will be contacted by the Trust.
“On average, eight women give birth in this department every month.
“The Trust is unable to comment at this time while reviews are ongoing. However, he will provide further updates as the reviews are completed.”
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