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Chapelton hospital to present report today after woman gives birth on sidewalk

Published:Monday | November 14, 2016 | 10:37 AM

The Southern Regional Health Authority will today present a report following its investigation into the decision by the Chapelton Community Hospital in Clarendon not to admit a woman who was in labour two weeks ago.

The pregnant woman eventually gave birth on a sidewalk shortly after she was turned away.

The health authority had said preliminary investigations conducted immediately after the incident indicated that the matter may not have been handled in accordance with established protocols and standards of the Ministry of Health.

The authority also said it considered any deviation from its established standards a serious matter.

It’s reported that the pregnant woman was turned away by a nurse who referred her to the May Pen Hospital.

An official had explained that the pregnant woman was a high risk patient and was advised before her due date that Chapleton was not equipped to handle these kinds of pregnancies.