HSSD reveals triplet births in 2012 cost department £600k
Monday 4th February 2013, 12:00PM GMT.
TWO triplet pregnancies last year cost Health and Social Services approximately £600,000, it has been revealed.
Giving an example of HSSD’s demand-led services – which contributed to its £2.5m. overspend – during the recent States debate, board member Elis Bebb, pictured, said ‘exceptional birth circumstances’ cost the department in the region of £250,000-£300,000 each.
The department said that due to the low numbers of triplet births – only three in the last five years – it could not comment on individual cases because of confidentiality issues.
As the island was not equipped to deal with premature triplets, mothers are obliged to spend up to 10 weeks in Southampton – between weeks 24-32/34 of their pregnancy. ‘We have neither the facilities, nor the medical or nursing staff to provide intensive care for three babies at the same time,’ HSSD said.
Triplets can be born on-island but only after the mother has crossed the 32/34-week threshold, after which HSSD believes it has the facilities and staff to cope.
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