Report outlines risk concerns about maternity services at Kerry General Hospital

Internal HSE Risk assessments have highlighted several concerns about maternity services at Kerry General Hospital. Kerry General Hospital, Tralee The report outlined by the Irish Daily Mail highlights a number of identified risks in the hospitals maternity service area. The risk assessment for Kerry General states that a lack of a dedicated obstetric theatre could lead to death or poor outcome for mother and baby. The report also states that the absence of a second on-call emergency theatre nursing team could lead to death of a mother or baby. This risk was logged at the hospital for the past four years. There are also concerns noted by managers about having no second anaesthetist for out of hours cover which could lead to risk of injury or death. In its response Kerry General says it has recruited nine anaesthetic Junior Doctors who are currently up-skilling and expect to have two tiers of cover from the middle of next month. In relation to the second on call emergency nursing team KGH has submitted a business plan for same in the HSE services plan 2015. Regarding the lack of an obstetrics theatre it says this means that obstetric emergencies are prioritised on the emergency list and the development of a theatre is being considered in the 2015 service plan. The hospital also stated that there have never been any adverse outcomes for any mothers or babies due to any of the concerns outlined in the risk assessment.