audiology services

  • The first of several High Court actions over substandard audiology services for children in the west of Ireland has been settled. 

    The court approved a €450,000 settlement in the case of a 13-year-old boy who has a lifelong impairment because of inadequate treatment for hearing loss. 

    Callan Molloy, from Ballinderreen, Kilcolgan, Co Galway, did not have his hearing loss properly treated for the first eight years of his life.

    The Health Service Executive has previously apologised to more than 100 families for failings in audiology services after a review of a service provided by one audiologist from 2011 to 2015.

     The issue was uncovered by an RTÉ Investigates report in 2018.

  • Almost 60 families in the West of Ireland have received apologies in recent weeks for failings in audiology services provided to their children.

    It is the second time in less than a year that the HSE has had to apologise for audiology failings.

    Last year, an RTÉ Investigates programme revealed serious failings in paediatric audiology services provided to another 49 children in counties Mayo and Roscommon, some of whom were left with lifelong impairments. 

    The findings were contained in a look-back review of care provided by one audiologist from 2011 to 2015, who no longer works in the Republic of Ireland. 

    However, it's now emerged that, in recent months, the HSE has written to an additional 57 families to inform them they have also been affected. As before, all these children had attended the same audiologist. 

    It is understood that the additional 57 cases will now form part of a second look-back review – however, families have not been given any indication as to how long that process will take. 

    The HSE has explained that the original look-back review related to children aged under four, and it was as part of that process some children aged over four years were also found to have been "discharged from the service without a follow up appointment." 

    But it says to date "no moderate or major incidents" have been identified. 

     

     

     

  • The HSE has again apologised to almost families in counties Mayo and Roscommon for serious failings in audiology services provided to their children.

    Earlier this month, it emerged that the HSE carried out a review of services provided in the two counties from 2011 to 2015  as a result of concerns around some aspects of the quality of the service provided.

    Some children were left with lifelong impairments after the review of services provided in more than 900 cases.

    It was understood that one audiologist was involved who worked in the Mayo / Roscommon area for over ten years, providing services to young children.

    However, at yesterday's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum in Galway, FG Councillor Padraig Conneely called for the audiologist involved to be named and shamed.

    But HSE management then informed the councillor that it wasn't down to one individual - rather there were two contractual services involved.

    Councillor Conneely told Midwest News that this revelation raises further concerns....