Patient suffered ‘barbaric’ treatment

Pictured are Michael Knowles, Manager Midlands Regional Hosp. Minister for Health, Leo Veradkar and Frank Dolphin, Chair Midlands Hospital Group on a walkabout at Portlaoise. Photo Denis Byrne.
The treatment of a woman who nearly died after childbirth in Portlaoise hospital was described as ‘barbaric’ by a midwife who blew the whistle on the care delivered.

The treatment of a woman who nearly died after childbirth in Portlaoise hospital was described as ‘barbaric’ by a midwife who blew the whistle on the care delivered.

In the wake of Minister Leo Varadkar’s visit to Portlaoise a woman, whose case was examined by Hiqa, has outlined her experience to the Leinster Express.

The patient, who had just given birth to her first child, went into shock after the consultant obstretician on call tried to remove her placenta manually in the labour ward, a practice which the midwife attending the birth said had not been done for years.

Following the incident, which happened in 2012, the midwife filed an incident report form in which she said that the obstetrician was “not able to deal with the emergency.”

Apart from the almost fatal experience, she also believes she was kept in the dark over what happened.

“I got a letter from Hiqa asking to use my file for the investigation but I had never reported my case.

“They told me the midwife reported the doctor on call for negligence.

“I was never told this was out of the ordinary and for months I thought this would happen to me again.”

Meanwhile, the HSE is set to publish its first review shortly of 28 cases.

It is expected to find that some women’s cases will require further investigation.

It is the first phase of a review process which will soon begin reviewing more than 60 other cases.

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