World Patient Safety Day 2021 – An interview with Kate Lyons, MaternityONESouth

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The 17th September 2021 marks World Patient Safety Day. The focus this year is on “Safe maternal and newborn care”.

WHO outlines the objectives of this year’s World Patient Safety Day as:

  1. Raise global awareness on the issues of maternal and newborn safety, particularly during childbirth.
  2. Engage multiple stakeholders and adopt effective and innovative strategies to improve maternal and newborn safety.
  3. Call for urgent and sustainable actions by all stakeholders to scale up efforts, reach the unreached and ensure safe maternal and newborn care, particularly during childbirth.
  4. Advocate the adoption of best practices at the point of care to prevent avoidable risks and harm to all women and newborns during childbirth.


To celebrate this important day, HCI talked to Kate Lyons, Project Manager at MaternityONESouth.

The MaternityONESouth project is driving collaboration across the four maternity units in Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Tipperary.

Kate describes to us the purpose of the MaternityONESouth project and how through the standardisation of policies and procedures and centralisation of training, they support better outcomes for mothers and babies.

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