A “SIGNIFICANT increase” in activity at the University Maternity Hospital caused the transfer to Cork of two prematurely born babies this week.
A spokesperson for the HSE has confirmed that as a temporary measure, two babies were transferred from the Ennis Road hospital to Cork this Wednesday, with their mothers left in Limerick.
“The University Maternity Hospital Limerick has seen a significant increase in clinical activity in our Neo Natal unit over the last week with a high number of babies requiring ventilator support. As a temporary measure in order to ensure the safe care for our premature and very low birth weight babies, University Maternity Hospital Limerick temporarily transferred two babies to another neo natal facility in Cork University Hospital,” the health service confirmed.
The babies have since been transferred back to Limerick.
In 2014, the University Maternity Hospital had 4,500 births.
Meanwhile, there has been a sharp rise in the number of adverse incidents reported in Limerick’s maternity unit, according to new figures out this week.
The statistics from the State Claims Agency’s National Incident Management System show the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise and the University Maternity Hospital Limerick recorded a sharp rise in adverse incidents - up by just under 80pc from 371 in 2013 to 667 last year.
The two hospitals account for less than 16% of the births outside of Dublin.