Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new report from the Health Information and Quality Authority has identified issues with maternity services at University Hospital Galway and Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
Both hospitals were deemed to be overall very compliant with national standards – but both failed in the category of physical environment supporting safe, quality care and wellbeing of women and their babies.
But it did identify some areas which need improvement – with similar deficiencies noted at both hospitals.
Both were found be non-compliant in the category of “Maternity care provided in a physical environment, which supports the delivery of safe, high-quality care and protects the health and wellbeing of women and their babies”.
The need to increase operating theatre capacity was also noted.
However, overall, maternity services at both hospitals were deemed to be largely compliant with national guidelines – with clear effective leadership, good governance and management structure, and strong mechanisms in place to drive quality improvement.