(5.12.14) The Scheme is now closed. What can I do if I believe that I had a relevant surgical symphysiotomy and have not been able to make an application within the time period set out in the Scheme?
Unless you have a cogent reason for NOT applying within the time period of the Scheme, your application will NOT be considered.
(4.12.14) The closing date is tomorrow, Friday 5th December. I think I may have missed the post today, what can I do?
The Department of Health will accept hand delivered post or any deliveries by courier to the front desk, Department of Health, Hawkins House, Hawkins Street, Dublin 2 during the course of normal working hours. Please mark your envelope for the attention of Judge Clark, Assessor of The Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme
How do I make a claim?
You can make a claim by submitting a completed application form which can be obtained from our website, by phoning the office or collection from the reception desk at the Department of Health.
Please note application forms should reach the office no later than Friday 5th December 2014.
I no longer live in Ireland, can I make a claim from abroad?
Yes. You do not have to be living in Ireland to apply to the Scheme. If you are happy you satisfy the criteria for the Scheme, the application forms can be downloaded from the website. An application should be completed and submitted to the Scheme as usual, to include the relevant supporting records. Please take note of the application closing date of 5th December.
What if I have a query about the application form?
If you have any queries regarding the application form you can contact the staff in the office on 01 6778554 who will be able to help.
What form should I fill in to apply for inclusion in the Payment Scheme?
There is a number of different application forms depending on what experience you had. The Scheme sets out the different Forms and which operations they cover. All the forms are available to download from this website (see TERMS of SCHEME and APPLICATION FORMS on home page)
Form 1A is appropriate for a claim for surgical symphysiotomy only
Form 1B is appropriate for a claim for surgical symphysiotomy with significant disability
Form 1C is appropriate for a claim for surgical symphysiotomy immediately after caesarean section
Form 1D is appropriate for a claim for pubiotomy
Form 1D is appropriate for a claim for pubiotomy with significant disability
Please read the different options carefully and complete the Form most appropriate to your experience. If you require any assistance, please feel free to ring the office at 01 6778554 where we are happy to help.
My mother suffers from dementia and can’t make an application herself, what can I do?
Incapacity: Where an Applicant is unable to make an application to the Scheme herself, a person (either a solicitor or a designated family member) may make the application on her behalf, setting out why the applicant cannot complete the application herself, and furnish us with all information relating to the surgical symphysiotomy. Having assessed the application, if Judge Clark determines that an award should be made then appropriate measures to protect the Applicant and the sum of money due to her will be undertaken.
I think I have had a Surgical Symphysiotomy but I don’t have my medical records yet?
Absence of records: if you believe that you underwent a surgical symphysiotomy but you do not yet have the relevant medical records, please submit an application within the timeframe set out in the Scheme anyway. The application should include a copy of the letter sent seeking such records now, set out the reason why you believe you underwent the operation during childbirth and why such records were not sought before now.
I applied for my medical records but the Hospital is now closed down / doesn’t have them, what do I do?
Absence of records: if you think that you underwent a surgical symphysiotomy but cannot obtain your medical records for that birth, please submit an application within the timeframe set out in the Scheme anyway, enclosing extracts of relevant hospital registers and the relevant letters from the Hospital confirming the absence of records.
Despite request, I don’t have my medical records but I have been sent an extract from a hospital register by the Hospital indicating that I had a surgical symphysiotomy, will that do?
If the hospital has confirmed that it cannot locate your records but the relevant register(s) confirms that you underwent a surgical symphysiotomy within the timeframe set out in the Scheme then Judge Clark will accept this as evidence of the operation