19 August 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Monaghan General Hospital Community Alliance have reiterated their concerns over the adequacy of the provision available in the county to deal with medical and maternity emergencies.
A statement on the Alliance’s website – saveourhospitalcom – entitled “What Next?” refers to recent fatal traffic accidents in the county and the latest roadside birth when a Scotstown mother went into labour on her way to Cavan General Hospital.
The Alliance met last night with Fine Gael TDs and local authority representatives from the county to discuss the plans to curtail the hours of operation at Monaghan General Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit, and the perceived threat to the step-down and rehabilitation unit at the facility as the Health Service Executive seeks to cut costs.
Expressing congratulations to parents Stephen and Niamh Brannigan on the birth of their son Parker, the Alliance states:
“It must be a terrifying experience for the parents to have to pull in to a lay-by or forecourt and give birth to the interior light of the car. On a wet, cold winter night or a frosty foggy night that terror would be increased considerably.
“The birth was fine except that the umbilical cord had to be taken from around Parker’s neck. Stephen and Niamh did a great job but in the next case who can say that all will go smoothly.
“What would happen if the mother had a haemorrhage, if the child did not start breathing, if the cord could not be removed from around the neck, if .. and the possibilities go on?
“ An ambulance arriving 25 minutes later is not much of a consolation and then having to get to hospital – another 20 minutes or much more if the birth is in North Monaghan – a fatality is a dreaded outcome. We just hope we do not have to say to the Minister – ‘we told you so’, but what will be next?”
Full report in The Northern Standard

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