THE NATIONAL MATERNITY Hospital on Holles Street in Dublin has said that babies due to be born at Mount Carmel can be delivered there after the private clinic looks likely to close.
Provisional liquidators were today appointed to begin the process of winding down Mount Carmel which employs 250 full-time and 78 part-time staff.
The hospital caters for around 25 births each week and the National Maternity Hospital has said in a statement this evening that “while this is an emergency situation, it is not unanticipated”. They say that they are prepared to take on more patients if required:
The National Maternity Hospital wants to reassure patients who were due to give birth at Mount Carmel over the next period that it will be happy and willing to assist as appropriate to ensure their babies are delivered safely and without causing any anxiety to women.
The National Maternity Hospital says that they have been in contact with doctors at Mount Carmel over recent months to discuss contingency plans in case this situation arose.
In response to this, the Holles Street based hospital has said that they have introduced changes to help deal with the possibility of increased patients.
“Some further adjustments will be made and we will also consider drawing on additional staff resources as required”, the statements reads.
The National Maternity Hospital has also reassured existing patients at Mount Carmel that they will still be able to remain in contact with their consultants:
Mount Carmel consultants will continue to be directly involved in the care of their patients throughout this period, and they will be contacted in the coming week to allow suitable arrangements to be made.
The National Maternity Hospital is the largest maternity hospital in the State delivering around 10,000 babies annually.