The Manager of Mayo University Hospital Catherine Donohoe has again today stated that there is no crossover between patients with confirmed or suspected cases of Covid 19 and non Covid patients at the hospital. She says there are two pathways of care in place.

“One pathway is to cater for patients with COVID-19 and suspected COVID-19 patients. The second pathway is for non COVID-19 patients. A clinical decision, which is made by the treating doctor, determines which pathway is appropriate for patients. The appropriate infection prevention and control measures are in place for each pathway according to national HPSC guidance for healthcare settings”.

Midwest News had sought a response from the Saolta group to the allegation uncovered under a Freedom of Information request by the leader of Aontu, Peadar Toibin. The documents show a complaint lodged that a cancer patient suffering the side effects of chemotherapy was placed in a Covid-19 ward at Mayo University Hospital on May 1st.

In her written response to Midwest News today, Ms Donoghue explains “ we cannot comment on individual cases. Maintaining confidentiality is not only an ethical requirement for the HSE and all HSE funded hospitals; it is also a legal requirement as defined in GDPR”.

She continues, “I encourage any patient or their family members who have concerns or questions in relation to their care to contact the hospital directly. We have complaints and feedback processes in place and we welcome and encourage feedback, suggestions or opportunities to bring the perspectives and lived experiences of patients and families into the planning and delivery of care.

All complaints received are dealt with promptly and I respond directly to the patients or families and welcome any further correspondence. All complaints received during the month of May have been addressed and responded to.

 I would like to reassure patients of Mayo University Hospital and their families that we have an excellent Infection Prevention and Control Team at the hospital who work daily with nursing, medical, surgical, pharmacy and laboratory staff to ensure optimum care for all patients in the hospital. The team provides ongoing training to staff and visit the wards every day to make sure correct infection prevention and control procedures are in place”.

The statement concludes “staff do not treat patients with COVID-19 as well as non COVID-19 patients. Patients are moved from the COVID-19 pathway when clinically deemed appropriate to do so”.



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