2019 Annual Report Maternity Services
The maternity directorate in the South/South West Hospital Group, referred to as Ireland South Women & Infants Directorate, is in its third year of operation. This directorate leads the way as the first and only maternity directorate in Ireland. Cork University Maternity Hospital is the tertiary centre, with the maternity units of South Tipperary General Hospital, University Hospital Kerry and University Hospital Waterford completing the directorate.
Ireland South Women & Infants Directorate continues to evolve; Cork University Maternity Hospital has full management and budgetary autonomy. While clinical and executive governance is yet to be extended from Cork to maternity, gynaecology and neonatology services in Tipperary, Kerry and Waterford, there has been significant developments in tangible terms directly impacting the equality of care for women and infants in the region. Most notably, the no refusal policy enabling mothers and newborns to easily transfer between hospitals for
specialist care, sets this directorate apart. These are indeed the early fruits from a collaborative partnership across the four hospitals.
In this 2019 annual report on maternity and gynaecology services in the South/ South West Hospital Group, service and clinical performance results are detailed. We also outline the management structures, communication and strategic frameworks that are in place, outline key highlights of 2019 and provide detail on achievements in maternity, neonatology and gynaecology services. The delivery of safe and reliable services depends on the quality of the clinical staff who deliver it, the effectiveness of the managers and clinical leaders, the corporate support of the hospital group, smooth patient pathways through which the larger units support the smaller ones and good communication between staff and patients.
We thank the South/South West Hospital Group management team for their support since the directorate was established in February 2017, and are wholeheartedly grateful to all clinical staff in our four maternity hospitals/units for enabling our progress to date. Thanks must also be extended to the National Women and Infants’ Health Programme (NWIHP) for their expertise and support.
Click here to download the 2019 Annual Report for Ireland South Women & Infants Directorate