Dr Patricia Charles Freeman is heading up investigations into the breach of protocols over the disposal of two bodies of new-borns at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).
The South Eastern Regional Health Authority (SERHA) last week revealed that there had been a breach of protocol in the disposal of the bodies of two neonates or infants less than a month old. The bodies were stored at the morgue at the KPH. Reports are that at one point they were reportedly removed from the refrigerator in which they had been placed and then put among body parts of adults before being moved elsewhere.
SERHA ordered an investigation and said a supervisor has been send on leave and family members of the infants contacted.
Philip Armstrong, chairman of SERHA in a release last weekend said “the management of the hospital has also been instructed to review the procedures with respect to the storage and disposal of bodies in order to ensure appropriate measures to prevent any recurrence.”
Dr Freeman who is a member of the SERHA board is to lead the investigations and the findings are to be made public.