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Hospital services and visiting restrictions during COVID-19

There is information on this page for each hospital about:

  • outpatient appointments
  • day case and inpatient appointments
  • visitor restrictions

Read the latest updates on appointments and visiting restrictions at your local hospital.

Visiting

We have changed visiting arrangements in hospitals to help protect our patients.

Go to the county-by-county information below for restrictions at each hospital.

Hospital appointments

Do not go to hospital unless your hospital phones you to confirm your appointment is going ahead.

Your hospital may have to cancel some appointments. They will reschedule your appointment if it is cancelled.

All hospitals have developed new ways of working to continue to reduce the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Read more about how hospital services are starting back.

Attending appointments

Come to the clinic at the time of your appointment. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait in another area or in your car. This is to help maintain social distancing within the clinic.

If the clinic has specific entry and exit doors, use these. This will help to reduce the number of people you come into contact with.

Go into the clinic on your own, unless you need to have someone with you. A parent or guardian can accompany a child to their appointment.

Face coverings and masks

You should wear a face covering in any healthcare setting - this includes hospitals, GP surgeries, care settings, nursing homes, dental practices and pharmacies.

Full-face visors may be an alternative option if you cannot tolerate wearing a face covering.

Face coverings are not recommended if you have trouble breathing or have an illness or impairment that would make wearing or removing a face covering upsetting or uncomfortable.

Virtual clinics

Many hospitals are using virtual clinics to continue delivering care to patients.

Read more about virtual clinics.

COVID-19 hospital outbreaks

All hospitals have measures in place to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. But outbreaks of COVID-19 can happen.

Outbreaks can affect:

  • patients
  • hospital staff
  • outpatient and inpatient appointments
  • visitor restrictions

Read up-to-date information on your hospital.

Protecting yourself during an outbreak

If you are in hospital when an outbreak happens, follow the advice of hospital staff. They will try and keep you safe. Ask them any questions that you need to.

To protect yourself from getting the virus or spreading it:

  • stay in your room or bed-space as much as you can
  • clean your hands regularly with the hand sanitiser on the ward
  • wear a face covering when you are outside of your room or away from your bed-space. If you can wear a face covering at all times, do
  • do not share your items with other patients

If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, tell a nurse or a doctor straight away.

It’s OK to remind staff to:

  • clean their hands
  • clean anything you see that is not clean

Hospital measures to protect you

Hospital staff will try to quickly find and isolate people who have the virus. They will ask you questions about how you feel and check to see if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

You may need to have a few tests for COVID-19 during your stay. This is to protect you and others from the virus. These tests are quick. You won't feel any pain.

Read about what happens during a COVID-19 test

Get medical help if you need it

Emergency departments (EDs) are still open and are here to help in all medical emergencies.

In particular, if you or someone else is showing signs of a stroke or heart attack do not be afraid to go to your local ED.Call 112 or 999 immediately for emergency help.

Do not visit the hospital if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough, shortness of breath or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)

Appointments and visiting restrictions by county

Carlow

St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny

Outpatient appointments

All outpatient appointments are postponed with the exception of antenatal clinics and oncology clinics. It is hoped that outpatient appointments will resume on Monday 18 January 2021, however this will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

The postponement of outpatient services also includes the off-site Carlow clinics, apart from the maternity antenatal clinic.

We will contact all affected patients. If you have any queries, you should contact the clinic secretary phone number on your appointment letter.

Day and inpatient surgeries

All scheduled inpatient/day case surgery/gynaecology is postponed until 18 January 2021, apart from emergency cases.

We will contact all affected patients. If you have any queries, you should contact the clinic secretary phone number on your appointment letter.

Oncology and Infusion day services will continue as normal at Aut Even Hospital.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care
  • parents visiting children
  • people assisting confused patients - for example, patients with dementia

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed. Children should not visit the hospital at any time.

Maternity Services

  • Birth partners may attend the labour ward when their partner is in active labour
  • Birth partners of mothers who have a planned caesarean section may attend the birth of their new born baby in theatre
  • Partners will be asked to wear full PPE when attending the birth of their baby which we will supply

The current visiting restrictions are under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

Cavan

Cavan General Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient attendances at the hospital have been cancelled. We are contacting patients directly if they need to attend for their appointment. Some clinics will be held by phone. We are contacting all patients about rescheduling their appointments.

Day and inpatient surgeries

All routine in-patient and day-care procedures have been cancelled. We are contacting patients directly if they need to attend for their appointments.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • labour ward / postnatal ward - birth partner only
  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Clare

Ennis Hospital

Outpatient appointments

The majority of outpatient appointments at Ennis Hospital and across UL Hospitals Group has been deferred until further notice, in accordance with public health restrictions prompted by a significant surge in COVID-19.

Time-critical outpatient appointments are being accommodated, both face-to-face and virtually. These will go ahead, following clinical decision, with patients being contacted in advance.

Any patient whose appointment or procedure is affected by the deferrals is being contacted by the hospital.

Injury Unit

The Injury Unit at Ennis Hospital is open 8am to 8pm seven days a week

Medical Assessment Unit

The Medical Assessment Unit at Ennis Hospital is open for GP referrals.

Day case and inpatient appointments

The majority of scheduled care in Ennis Hospital has been deferred until further notice. Any exceptions will go ahead following clinical decision, and patients will be contacted in advance.

Any patient whose appointment or procedure is affected by the deferrals is being contacted by the hospital.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • people visiting patients at end of life

Children are not allowed to visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor is allowed per patient.

The current visiting restrictions are under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

Cork

Bantry General Hospital

Due to the rapid increase in the number of patients with confirmed Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals and the projected trend in admissions based on community transmission levels, we have suspended non-time dependent services including inpatient, day case and outpatient services. Some clinics will proceed virtually if clinically appropriate. Emergency and urgent time sensitive procedures and care will continue to be provided. This will be kept under continual review.

We will notify you if your appointment or procedure is being suspended.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • individual visiting requests on compassionate grounds which are arranged through the ward manager

Cork University Hospital

Due to the rapid increase in the number of patients with confirmed Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals and the projected trend in admissions based on community transmission levels; we have suspended non-time critical services including inpatient, day case and outpatient services. Emergency and urgent time sensitive procedures and care will continue to be provided. This will be kept under continual review.

We will notify you if your appointment or procedure is being suspended.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • parents of children in the paediatric ward. One parent or guardian at a time is allowed

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Cork University Maternity Hospital

Due to the rapid increase in the number of patients with confirmed COVID-19 being admitted to hospitals and the projected trend in admissions based on community transmission levels, we have suspended non-time dependent services including inpatient, day case and some outpatient services. Emergency and urgent time sensitive procedures and care will continue to be provided. This will be kept under continual review.

We will let you know if your appointment or procedure is being suspended.

The birthing partner will be able to attend:

  • as soon as the mother is in established labour
  • for the birth itself
  • for delivery by caesarean section
  • can stay for some time in the immediate post birth period either in the labour ward or the theatre recovery area

When a baby is in the Neonatal Unit or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit one parent at a time can visit their baby. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit visiting times are unrestricted.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for individual visiting requests on compassionate grounds which are arranged through hospital management.

Mallow General Hospital

Due to the rapid increase in the number of patients with confirmed Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals and the projected trend in admissions based upon community transmission levels, we have suspended non-time dependent services including inpatient and day case. However, urgent Endoscopy day case procedures will be facilitated and outpatient clinics will be held virtually where appropriate. Emergency and urgent time sensitive procedures and care will continue to be provided. This will be kept under continual review.

We will notify you if your appointment or procedure is being suspended.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life;
  • individual visiting requests on compassionate grounds which are arranged through the ward manager;

Mercy University Hospital

Due to the rapid increase in the number of patients with confirmed Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals and the projected trend in admissions based on community transmission levels, we have deferred non-time dependent services including inpatient, day case and outpatient services. Emergency and urgent time sensitive procedures and care will continue to be provided and the situation is under continual review.

Outpatient clinics

The outpatient department continues to run essential face to face clinics. Some patient consultations are now taking place by telephone and/or video calls.

If you have an appointment with us please do not attend unless we have contacted you. We will contact you directly to give you your appointment times. To ensure patient safety and to comply with social distancing, please do not arrive early for your appointment but arrive on time.

Do not visit the hospital for an outpatient appointment if you have symptoms of coronavirus. You should contact your GP instead.

Inpatients/day case

Elective and day case procedures will continue for emergency and urgent time sensitive procedures and care. We will contact you directly about your admission. Please do not to attend the hospital unless we contact you and give you a specific appointment.

Visiting restrictions

Strict visiting restrictions remain in place. Visiting is restricted to patients who are:

  • critically ill or who have specific care needs
  • inpatients in St. Anne’s Children’s Ward

Only one visitor per patient is allowed at one time.

Children are not allowed to visit.

In exceptional clinical circumstances, visiting will be facilitated by prior agreement with the clinical nurse manager on the ward.

Do not visit the hospital if you have symptoms of coronavirus. You should contact your GP instead.

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

Due to the rapid increase in the number of patients with confirmed Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals and the projected trend in admissions based upon community transmission levels, we have suspended non-time dependent services including inpatient, day case and outpatient services. Emergency and urgent time sensitive procedures and care will continue to be provided. This will be kept under continual review.

We will notify you if your appointment or procedure is being suspended.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • parents of children in the paediatric ward (1 parent or guardian at a time)
  • individual visiting requests on compassionate grounds which are arranged through the ward manager

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Donegal

Letterkenny University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Letterkenny University Hospital is deferring all but very urgent and time-critical inpatient and day surgery from January 5th.

Outpatient clinics will also be restricted however some of these will take place virtually unless it is absolutely necessary for patients to be seen

The deferrals will be for a two week period initially and will be kept under review.

Patients will be notified directly if their appointment or procedure is being deferred.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life

  • people visiting patients in critical care

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.
Only one visitor is allowed per patient.

Maternity department

In the maternity department, patients are not allowed visitors except for:

  • patients who have experienced pregnancy loss
  • patients in critical care
  • a parent of an infant in the Special Care Baby Unit

Birthing partners

Birthing partners of women in labour may attend. But if a partner has COVID-19 symptoms, they must not attend. In this instance, an alternative birth partner may attend.

Birthing partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia. This will be subject to screening questions and wearing PPE in the theatre.

The maternity department visiting policy is under continual review.

The current visiting restrictions are kept under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

Dublin

Beaumont Hospital Dublin

No visitors are allowed in Beaumont Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital, Raheny. In exceptional circumstances, such as end of life or critical care, visiting will be allowed with the agreement of the nurse in charge of the ward. No other visitors will be allowed.

For the most up to date information on outpatient appointments and visitor restrictions please go the Beaumont Hospital website.

What you should expect if you have to come to Beaumont Hospital

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital

Outpatient appointments

In-person Outpatient Clinic and Pre-Assessment appointments are postponed with effect from Monday 11 January 2021 until further notice.

Day and inpatient surgeries

Virtual clinics and surgical procedures are continuing as scheduled.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children

  • people assisting confused patients - for example, patients with dementia

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only 1 visitor is allowed per patient.

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient attendances at the hospital have been cancelled. We are contacting patients directly if they need to attend for their appointment. Some clinics will be held by phone. We are contacting all patients about rescheduling their appointments.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All routine in-patient and day-care procedures have been cancelled. We will make contact with patients who need to attend. Endoscopy services continue.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care

Children should not visit the Hospital , even in these cases.

Children's Health Ireland at Connolly in Blanchardstown

Outpatient appointments

Up to date information on outpatient appointments is available at https://childrenshealthireland.ie/connolly/outpatient-department/

Coombe Hospital Dublin

Visit www.coombe.ie for updated information on outpatient appointments and day and inpatient surgeries.

In order to minimise the risk of the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, we have implemented visitor restrictions. This policy is under continual review.

For patient and visitor information, please go to www.coombe.ie

Crumlin - Children’s Health Ireland

Outpatient appointments

Visit olchc.ie for up to date information on outpatient appointments

Inpatient surgeries and visiting restrictions

Visit olchc.ie for up to date information on inpatient surgeries and visiting restrictions

Holles St - National Maternity Hospital

For the most up to date patient and visitor information please go to the National Maternity Hospital website

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

For most up to date information on outpatient appointments and visitor restrictions please go the Mater website.

Rotunda Maternity Hospital

For most up to date information on outpatient appointments and visitor restrictions please go to the Rotunda website.

Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient clinics are resuming at a reduced schedule. We will contact patients about their appointments.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • people assisting confused patients - for example, patients with dementia

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only 1 visitor is allowed per patient.

St Columcille’s Loughlinstown

St Columcille’s Hospital has resumed elective day case procedures, radiology and outpatient clinic appointments.

Waiting lists will be called in chronological order. We will be focusing on patients who have had appointments or procedures cancelled due to COVID19.

Virtual clinics are continuing for some appointments.

We will contact you before your appointment and ask you to complete a pre-appointment questionnaire. We will let you know if you need a pre- procedure Covid 19 swab test.

Coming to the hospital

On the day of your appointment you should attend the hospital on your own, but if this is not possible, 1 relative or carer may come with you. Please arrive at the time that is on your appointment letter. If our waiting areas are busy we may ask you and/or your family member to wait in your car.

Patients who are travelling from a distance or dependent on public transport to attend our clinics are advised to let us know this when we call. We will try to arrange your appointment so you do not have to wait around the hospital for long periods.

Injury and Medical Assessment Units

The Injuries Unit continues to provide a service. No appointment is necessary but you may be asked to wait in your car if the waiting area is busy.

The Medical Assessment Unit is by appointment only through your GP.

The hospital is operating a parcel drop off and collection service for patients in the hospital. We can also arrange video calls with patients. For more information please contact us on 01 282 5800 and ask for the patient liaison officer.

As per HSE guidance everyone coming to the hospital should wear face coverings and perform hand hygiene.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • people assisting confused patients - for example, patients with dementia
  • people visiting patients in critical care

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

St James Hospital Dublin

Visit St.James.ie for up to date information on outpatient and inpatient hospital appointments.

Visiting restrictions

We are requesting that the public do not visit the hospital at this time.

In order to minimise the risk of the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, we have implemented visitor restrictions. This policy is under continual review.

.For further information, please visit http://www.stjames.ie/patients/visiting/

St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network

Outpatient appointments, day and inpatient surgeries

Please attend for your appointment as usual unless contacted by the hospital in advance. In order to limit numbers within the hospital, we ask that only patients attend the hospital where possible.

Visiting restrictions

In order to minimise the risk of the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, we have implemented visitor restrictions. This policy is under continual review.

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people accompanying patients for out-patient appointments or radiotherapy

In-patient visiting is only allowed in exceptional circumstances.

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

St Michael’s Hospital Loughlinstown

For the most up to date information on outpatient appointments and visitor restrictions please go to the St. Michael's Hospital website.

St Vincent’s University Hospital

For the most up to date information on outpatient appointments and visitor restrictions please go to the St. Vincent's University Hospital website.

Tallaght - Children’s Health Ireland

All paediatric services have been temporarily transferred to Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin, Children's Health Ireland at Temple Street and Children's Health Ireland at Connolly.

Further up to date information is available on https://www.tuh.ie/CHI-at-Tallaght/

Tallaght University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 infection rates in the community, some outpatient services have been postponed. We will contact all patients regarding the rescheduling of their appointment. Only patients who are contacted directly by the Hospital should attend for their appointment.

For the most up to date information please visit www.TUH.ie

Day and inpatient surgeries

For more information visit www.TUH.ie

Visiting restrictions

In order to minimise the risk of the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, we have implemented visitor restrictions. This policy is under continual review.

Visitors are not allowed except for people visiting patients at end of life.

Children should not visit the Hospital, even in these cases

Temple Street - Children’s Hospital Ireland

Outpatient appointments

All non-essential outpatients appointments are postponed until further notice.

We are working to provide services in a different way where possible. This includes virtual clinics (telephone call) for some OPD appointments, these patients will be contacted by medical staff.

Visit the Temple Street website for up to date information on outpatient appointments, inpatient surgery and visiting restrictions.

Galway

University Hospital Galway

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Galway University Hospitals (University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital) are deferring all but very urgent and time-critical inpatient and day surgery from January 5th.

Outpatient clinics will also be cancelled however some of these will take place virtually unless it is absolutely necessary for patients to be seen.

The deferrals will be for a two week period initially and will be kept under review.

Patients will be notified directly if their appointment or procedure is being deferred.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care
  • parents of children in the paediatric ward (one parent or guardian at a time)
  • individual visiting requests on compassionate grounds which are arranged through the ward manager

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Department

  • Birthing partners of women in labour may attend for the birth.
  • Birthing partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia. This will be subject to screening questions and wearing PPE in the theatre.
  • Partners only visiting on the antenatal and postnatal wards for 30 minutes from 7pm to 7.30pm. This is subject to screening questions and wearing a face mask in the ward area.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • Only one parent can visit at a time.
  • Fathers' visits are limited to 30 minutes.
  • Parents must wear a face mask in the clinical area.
  • Grandparents/children are not allowed to visit the NICU.

The current visiting restrictions are kept under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

Merlin Park University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Merlin Park University Hospital is deferring all but very urgent and time-critical inpatient and day surgery from January 5th.

Outpatient clinics will also be cancelled however some of these will take place virtually unless it is absolutely necessary for patients to be seen.

The deferrals will be for a two week period initially and will be kept under review.

Patients will be notified directly if their appointment or procedure is being deferred.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life

  • people visiting patients in critical care

  • Individual visiting requests on compassionate grounds which are arranged through the ward manager

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

The current visiting restrictions are kept under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

Portiuncula University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Portiuncula University Hospital is deferring all but very urgent and time-critical inpatient and day surgery from January 5th.

Outpatient clinics will also be cancelled however some of these will take place virtually unless it is absolutely necessary for patients to be seen.

The deferrals will be for a two week period initially and will be kept under review.

Patients will be notified directly if their appointment or procedure is being deferred.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care
  • parents of children in the paediatric ward

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Maternity Department

Visits are allowed for:

  • birthing partners of women in labour
  • birthing partners attending a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia

Partners will be facilitated for a 15 minute visit daily from 6pm to 8pm in the ward area.

All sensitive cases will be considered on compassionate grounds.

Visitors must adhere to strict hand hygiene measures and must wear a face covering.

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

Partners are facilitated for a daily visit to the SCBU for 15 minutes. One visitor allowed in the unit at a time. One parent per cot.

The current visiting restrictions are kept under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

Kerry

University Hospital Kerry

Due to the rapid increase in the number of patients with confirmed Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals and the projected trend in admissions based on community transmission levels, we have suspended non-time critical services including inpatient, day case and outpatient services. Emergency and urgent time sensitive procedures and care continue to be provided. This will be kept under continual review.

We will notify you if your appointment or procedure is being deferred.

Visiting restrictions

To limit the spread of the COVID 19 virus strict visiting restrictions are in place.

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • critical/ end of life
  • exceptional compassionate circumstances. This must be on the signed agreement of the patient’s consultant and ward manager. This is on a case by case and day by day basis.

Visiting is limited to 1 person at the time.

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Parents can visit their children in the paediatric ward. This is limited to 1 parent or guardian at a time.

Maternity Department

The birthing partner will be able to attend:

  • as soon as the mother is in established labour
  • for the birth itself
  • for delivery by caesarean section

The birthing partner can stay for some time in the immediate post birth period either in the labour ward or theatre recovery.

When a baby is in the Neonatal Unit or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit one parent at a time can visit their baby. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit visiting times are unrestricted.

Kildare

Naas General Hospital

Outpatient Appointments

All elective outpatient and inpatient activity has been deferred. This decision will be reviewed weekly. Virtual Clinics are happening where appropriate.

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

All elective outpatient and inpatient activity has been deferred. This decision will be reviewed weekly.

Visiting Restrictions

In order to minimise the risk of the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, we have implemented visitor restrictions. This policy is under continual review.

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care

Only one visitor per patient is allowed, and this should be agreed in advance with the ward manager.

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Please do not attend a hospital or any health care facility if you have any symptoms of Covid 19 infection. Please contact your GP by phone for advice if you have any concerns.

Kilkenny

St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny

Outpatient Appointments

All outpatient appointments are postponed with the exception of antenatal clinics and oncology clinics. It is hoped that outpatient appointments will resume on Monday 18 January 2021, however this will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

The postponement of outpatient services also includes the off-site Carlow clinics, apart from the maternity antenatal clinic.

We will contact all affected patients. If you have any queries, you should contact the clinic secretary phone number on your appointment letter.

Day and inpatient surgeries

All scheduled inpatient/day case surgery/gynaecology is postponed until 18 January 2021, apart from emergency cases.

We will contact all affected patients. If you have any queries, you should contact the clinic secretary phone number on your appointment letter.

Oncology and Infusion day services will continue as normal at Aut Even Hospital.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care
  • parents visiting children
  • people assisting confused patients - for example, patients with dementia

Only one visitor per patient is allowed. Children should not visit the hospital at any time.

Maternity Services

  • Birth partners may attend the labour ward when their partner is in active labour
  • Birth partners of mothers who have a planned caesarean section may attend the birth of their new born baby in theatre
  • Partners will be asked to wear full PPE when attending the birth of their baby which will be supplied by us

Laois

Midlands Hospital Portlaoise

Outpatient Appointments

All elective outpatient and inpatient activity has been deferred. This decision will be reviewed weekly. Virtual Clinics are happening where appropriate.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All elective outpatient and inpatient activity has been deferred. This decision will be reviewed weekly

Visiting restrictions

In order to minimise the risk of the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, we have implemented visitor restrictions. This policy is under continual review.

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care
  • parents of children in intensive care or the paediatric ward
  • partners of patients in the maternity unit

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Limerick

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

Outpatients appointments

The majority of outpatient appointments at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital and across UL Hospitals Group have been deferred until further notice, in accordance with public health restrictions prompted by a significant surge in COVID-19.

Time-critical outpatient appointments are being accommodated, both face-to-face and virtually. These will go ahead, following clinical decision, with patients being contacted in advance.

Any patient whose appointment or procedure is affected by the deferrals is being contacted by the hospital.

Day case and inpatient procedures

The majority of scheduled care in Croom Orthopaedic Hospital has been deferred until further notice. Any exceptions will go ahead following clinical decision, and patients will be contacted in advance.

Any patient whose appointment or procedure is affected by the deferrals is being contacted by the hospital.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

University Hospital Limerick

Outpatient appointments

The majority of outpatient appointments at University Hospital Limerick and across UL Hospitals Group have been deferred until further notice, in accordance with public health restrictions prompted by a significant surge in COVID-19.

Emergency and Trauma theatre continues to operate, and time-critical outpatient appointments are being accommodated, both face-to-face and virtually. These will go ahead, following clinical decision, with patients being contacted in advance.

Any patient whose appointment or procedure is affected by the deferrals is being contacted by the hospital.

Emergency Department and Minor Injuries

The Emergency Department remains open 24/7 for emergency care only. Patients should come to ED for life-threatening emergencies such as heart attack or stroke.

For less serious injuries or ailments, we urge people to first consider all other care options available in their own communities, including family doctors, out-of-hours GP services, and local pharmacies.

Please note that minor injuries are being diverted from the ED to Injury Units at St John’s Hospital (8am to 7pm), Ennis Hospital (8am to 8pm) and Nenagh Hospital (8am to 8pm). Patients presenting outside of these hours with a minor injury that cannot wait until the following day can still attend ED at UHL.
The Medical Assessment Units at St John’s, Ennis and Nenagh Hospitals are also open for GP referrals.

Day case and inpatient procedures

The majority of scheduled care in UHL has been deferred until further notice. Any exceptions will go ahead following clinical decision, and patients will be contacted in advance.

Any patient whose appointment or procedure is affected by the deferrals is being contacted by the hospital.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • people visiting patients who are critically unwell or at end of life

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

University Maternity Hospital Limerick

Outpatient appointments

Parentcraft/antenatal class and feeding class are postponed.

The following appointments are going ahead:

  • Antenatal clinic
  • Colposcopy clinic
  • Diabetes in pregnancy clinic
  • Bereavement Loss Support Clinic
  • Neonatal Outpatient Clinic

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit is open.

Inpatient appointments

Elective C-sections and induction of labour are going ahead.

Visiting restrictions

Visiting is not permitted at this time except for partners and support persons of women in the labour ward only.

Children are not allowed to visit the hospital.

St John’s Hospital

Outpatient appointments

The majority of outpatient appointments at St John’s Hospital have been deferred until further notice, in accordance with public health restrictions prompted by a significant surge in COVID-19.

Time-critical outpatient appointments are being accommodated, both face-to-face and virtually. These will go ahead, following clinical decision, with patients being contacted in advance.

Any patient whose appointment or procedure is affected by the deferrals is being contacted by the hospital.

Injury Unit

The Injury Unit at St John’s Hospital is open 7 days a week from 8am to 7pm.

Medical Assessment Unit

The Medical Assessment Unit at St John’s Hospital is open for GP referrals.

Day case and inpatient procedures

Most scheduled care in St John’s Hospital has been deferred until further notice. Any exceptions will go ahead following clinical decision, and patients will be contacted in advance.

Any patient whose appointment or procedure is affected by the deferrals is being contacted by the hospital.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • people visiting patients at end-of-life

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Louth

Drogheda - Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient attendances at the hospital have been cancelled. We are contacting patients directly if they need to attend for their appointment. Some clinics will be held by phone. We are contacting all patients about rescheduling their appointments.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All routine in-patient and day-care procedures have been cancelled. We will make contact with patients who are required to attend. Endoscopy services continue.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • labour ward / Midwifery Led Unit / postnatal ward – birth partner only
  • visiting patients at end of life
  • visiting patients in critical care

Children should not visit the Hospital, even in these cases.

Patients attending antenatal appointments or the Early Pregnancy Unit are requested to attend on their own.

Louth County Hospital Dundalk

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient attendances at the hospital have been cancelled. We are contacting patients directly if they need to attend for their appointment. Some clinics will be held by phone. We are contacting all patients about rescheduling their appointments.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All routine in-patient and day-care procedures have been cancelled. We will make contact with patients who are required to attend.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases

Mayo

Mayo University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Mayo University Hospital is deferring all but very urgent and time-critical inpatient and day surgery from January 5th.

Outpatient clinics will take place virtually.

The deferrals will be for a two week period initially and will be kept under review.

Patients will be notified directly if their appointment or procedure is being deferred.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care
  • parents of children in the paediatric ward
  • birthing partners of women in labour

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

To arrange a visit, families should telephone the hospital and request to speak to the relevant ward manager who will decide if a visit can be facilitated without compromising the welfare of the patients on the ward.

The hospital management and staff want to ensure that families of patients who are receiving end of life care have access to visits. Families should discuss access with the ward manager to ensure suitable arrangements are in place.

Maternity department

There are restrictions on visiting:

  • Partners are allowed to attend with mothers in labour, but they must leave the maternity department when the mother is transferred to the maternity ward.
  • The partner or nominated person may have 1 hour visit per day to the antenatal and postnatal area from 6pm to 7pm.

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

If baby is still in the unit and mother has been discharged, she is asked to cocoon and is allowed one visit per day to perform care. One visit daily is allowed by parents individually, not as a couple.

The current visiting restrictions are kept under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

Meath

Navan - Our Lady’s Hospital

Outpatient appointments

All but urgent face-to-face outpatient appointments have been suspended. Only outpatient department virtual clinics are operating.

Day and inpatient surgeries

Orthopaedic elective services have been suspended. Endoscopy is continuing. However, this is being reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care
  • people assisting confused patients - for example, patients with dementia

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Monaghan

Monaghan Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient attendances at the hospital have been cancelled. We are contacting patients directly if they need to attend for their appointment. Some clinics will be held by phone. We are contacting all patients about rescheduling their appointments.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All routine in-patient and day-care procedures have been cancelled. We will make contact with patients who are required to attend.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life.

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Offaly

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

Outpatient appointments

All elective outpatient and inpatient activity has been deferred. This decision will be reviewed weekly. Virtual Clinics are happening where appropriate.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All elective outpatient and inpatient activity has been deferred. This decision will be reviewed weekly

Visiting restrictions

In order to minimise the risk of the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, we have implemented visitor restrictions. This policy is under continual review.

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • people visiting patients at end of life

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Roscommon

Roscommon University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Roscommon University Hospital is reverting to virtual outpatient clinics for the next 2 weeks. All non-urgent elective procedures at the hospital have been deferred.

Patients are being notified directly.

The deferrals will be for a 2 week period initially and will be kept under review.

Endoscopy services

Endoscopy services at the hospital will continue as scheduled and patients should attend their appointments unless they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or are close contacts of people with COVID-19.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

The current visiting restrictions are kept under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

Sligo

Sligo University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Sligo University Hospital is deferring all but very urgent and time-critical inpatient and day surgery from January 5th.

You will be notified directly if your appointment or procedure is being deferred.

Outpatient clinics will also be cancelled however some of these will take place virtually unless it is absolutely necessary for patients to be seen.

Patients who previously received a letter confirming an outpatient appointment are asked not to attend the appointment unless they get a call from the hospital confirming that the appointment is going ahead.

The deferrals will be for a 2 week period initially and will be kept under review.

Radiology Department

The Radiology Department will contact all patients whose x-ray or scan is being postponed.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life

  • people visiting patients in critical care

  • parents of children in the paediatric ward

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Department

  • SUH allows birthing partners to be present as support to the woman in the labour ward for the duration of the labour and for a time after the birth of the baby.
  • Birthing partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia, subject to screening questions and wearing PPE (surgical mask and gown) in the theatre.
  • Maternity inpatients can have a one hour visit per day from their partner or support person.

Prior to arrival for visiting the partner or support person will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. They will be required to ensure good hand hygiene and wear a face mask for the duration of a visit.

Neonatal Unit

  • Mothers are permitted unrestricted visiting.
  • A partner or identified support person is permitted a 30 minute visit once a day.

The current visiting restrictions are under kept review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

Tipperary

Nenagh Hospital

Outpatient appointments

The majority of outpatient appointments at Nenagh Hospital and across UL Hospitals Group has been deferred until further notice, in accordance with public health restrictions prompted by a significant surge in COVID-19.

Time-critical outpatient appointments are being accommodated, both face-to-face and virtually. These will go ahead, following clinical decision, with patients being contacted in advance.

Any patient whose appointment or procedure is affected by the deferrals is being contacted by the hospital.

Injury unit

Nenagh Injury Unit is open every day from 8am to 8pm.

Medical assessment unit

The medical assessment unit at Nenagh Hospital is open for GP referrals.

Day case and inpatient procedures

Most scheduled care in Nenagh Hospital has been deferred until further notice. Any exceptions will go ahead following clinical decision, and patients will be contacted in advance.

Any patient whose appointment or procedure is affected by the deferrals is being contacted by the hospital

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • people visiting patients at end of life

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

South Tipperary General Hospital

Due to the rapid increase in the number of patients with confirmed Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals and the projected trend in admissions based on community transmission levels, we have suspended non-time dependent services including inpatient, day case and outpatient services. Emergency and urgent time sensitive procedures and care will continue to be provided. This will be kept under continual review.

We will notify you if your appointment or procedure is being suspended.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life;
  • people visiting patients in critical care;
  • parents of children in the paediatric ward (one parent or guardian at a time);
  • individual visiting requests on compassionate grounds which are arranged through the ward manager;

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Department

The birthing partner will be able to :

  • attend as soon as the mother is in established labour.
  • attend for the birth itself.
  • attend for delivery by caesarean section.
  • stay for some time in the immediate post birth period in the labour ward

When a baby is in the Neonatal Unit or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit one parent at a time can visit their baby. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit visiting times are unrestricted.

Waterford

University Hospital Waterford

Due to the rapid increase in the number of patients with confirmed Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals and the projected trend in admissions based on community transmission levels, we have suspended all scheduled activity.

We will notify you if your appointment or procedure is being suspended.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • parents of children in the paediatric ward (one parent or guardian at a time)
  • individual visiting requests on compassionate grounds / exceptional circumstances which are arranged through the ward manager

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Department

The birthing partner will be able to attend:

  • as soon as the mother is in established labour.
  • for the birth itself.
  • for delivery by caesarean section.
  • can stay for some time in the immediate post birth period in the labour Ward.
  • when a baby is in the Neonatal Unit or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit one parent at a time can visit their baby. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit visiting times are unrestricted.

Westmeath

Regional Hospital Mullingar

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient clinics are resuming at a reduced schedule. We will contact patients directly about their appointments.

Day case and inpatient procedures

Inpatient and day cases have resumed, however these cases are being attended to at a reduced schedule. We will contact patients directly about their appointments.

We are resuming all services in line with the COVID -19 National Guidelines on the resumption of services.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care
  • parents visiting children
  • people assisting confused patients - for example, patients with dementia

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Services

  • Birth partners may attend the labour ward when their partner is in active labour
  • Birth partners of mothers who have a planned caesarean section may attend the birth of their new born baby in theatre
  • Partners will be asked to wear full PPE when attending the birth of their baby which will be supplied by us

Wexford

Wexford General Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient appointments continue to operate at a reduced level.

Day and inpatient surgeries

Emergency and urgent surgeries are only being performed. All other services such as endoscopy, minor operations, radiology and cardiac diagnostics continuing to operate at a reduced level.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care
  • parents visiting children
  • people assisting confused patients - for example, patients with dementia

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases.

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Services

  • Birth partners may attend the labour ward when their partner is in active labour
  • Birth partners of mothers who have a planned caesarean section may attend the birth of their newborn baby in theatre
  • Partners will be asked to wear full PPE when attending the birth of their baby which will be supplied by us

Last updated: 18 January 2021 at 2.30pm

page last reviewed: 13/03/2020
next review due: 13/03/2023