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Hospital services and access for support partners and visitors

Last updated: 08 November 2022 at 2.25pm

There is information on this page for each hospital about:

  • outpatient appointments
  • day case and inpatient appointments
  • access for support partners and visitors

Visiting

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

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

Maternity hospitals

Arrangements previously put in place because of COVID-19 may begin to ease as more pregnant women and their nominated support partner get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Hospitals will try and allow your nominated support partner to be with during the key stages of your pregnancy, labour and birth.

This includes:

  • your 12 and 20 week scans
  • the birth itself
  • the immediate post birth period either in the labour ward or the theatre recovery area
  • nominated support partner visiting while you are in hospital

They will also try and facilitate nominated support partner visiting after the birth.

This is as long as your nominated support partner:

  • does not have symptoms of COVID-19
  • is not suspected of having COVID-19
  • has not tested positive for COVID-19
  • has not been told to restrict their movements due to COVID-19

If your hospital cannot facilitate your nominated support partner due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, they will let you know why.

Your nominated support partner will not need to be tested for COVID-19 before seeing you. They will not need to show proof that they have had a COVID-19 vaccine.

Go to the county-by-county information below for maternity guidelines at each hospital

Read more about access for nominated support partners

Attending appointments

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

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 masks

You should wear a face mask 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 masks are not recommended if you have trouble breathing or have an illness or impairment that would make wearing or removing a face mask upsetting or uncomfortable.

Virtual clinics

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

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
  • visiting arrangements

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 mask when you are outside of your room or away from your bed-space. If you can wear a face mask 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 arrangements by county

Carlow

St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny

Information for visitors

For the safety of our patients and staff and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection, visiting restrictions are currently in place in:

  • Suir Ward
  • Surgical Medical Unit (SMU)
  • Surgical 3

Limited visiting to these wards is for compassionate and critical circumstances only. All such visits must be pre-arranged with the Nurse in Charge on the ward or unit.

Our support staff are notified each day of all compassionate and critical visits.

Contact Suir Ward on 056 771 7709 Contact Surgical Medical Unit (SMU) on 056 778 5186 Contact Surgical 3 on 056 778 5244

Maternity Services

  • Nominated support partners can attend the 12 week scan.
  • Nominated support partners can attend the 20 week scan.
  • Nominated support partners can be with the mother through labour and birth. This applies to mothers having a spontaneous or induced labour.
  • Nominated support partners may visit from 10am to 12pm and 6pm to 8pm daily.

Cavan

Cavan General Hospital

Appointments and Elective procedures

Appointments and elective procedures are going ahead as usual and people should continue to come to their appointments unless advised otherwise.

Please do not attend for your appointment if:

  • You have any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Please see COVID-19 Information available for reference.
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting a result.

If are a close contact of a person who has a diagnosis of COVID-19, please see Close Contact Information (https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/close-contact/) .

Please telephone the number on your appointment letter and a new appointment will be arranged for you.

Please view the latest advice about COVID-19 from the HSE for reference.

Visiting restrictions

https://www.rcsihospitals.ie/news/update-on-visiting/

Maternity Department - Access for nominated support partner

https://rcsihospitals.ie/news/maternity-services-access-for-nominated-support-partners/

Clare

Ennis Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

We are continuing with the gradual resumption of scheduled care, including outpatients, endoscopy and elective procedures. Appointments and procedures impacted by recent deferrals will be rescheduled as soon as possible. We are contacting patients about their appointments.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, ring in advance before attending the hospital or your GP. They will give you advice. Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating.

In a medical emergency if you have severe symptoms, call 112 or 999.

Injury Unit

The Injury Unit is open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week

Medical Assessment Unit

The Medical Assessment Unit is open for GP referrals.

Information for visitors and access for nominated support persons

Visiting hours are from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm every day.

Visits must be booked through our online booking system. Staff on the wards will be able to help with any queries you have about the online system.

We are facilitating patients supporting children and people helping confused patients. For example, patients with dementia.

Only 1 nominated visitor per patient is allowed.

Anyone accessing the hospital will need to:

Please do not come to the hospital if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough or shortness of breath). 

Children visiting the hospital

Access for children of inpatients who have been in hospital for more than a week may be facilitated in exceptional circumstances. This will be in consultation with the relevant clinical nurse manager. Children must be under the supervision of a parent or guardian. There may be times where access for children is not suitable. The ward manager will let you know of these times.

Cork

Bantry General Hospital

There is an increase in the number of patients with confirmed COVID-19 being admitted to hospitals. Because of this we are implementing arrangements for people visiting patients.

Information for visitors

Visiting is permitted from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm everyday.
One visitor per patient.
This will be reviewed if there is an infection outbreak.

Cork University Hospital

Visiting arrangements

Visiting is permitted from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm everyday.
One visitor per patient.
This will be reviewed if there is an infection outbreak.

Cork University Maternity Hospital

Outpatients Department

Only patients can attend antenatal and gynaecology appointments, but this is reviewed on an individual basis. 

Partners or nominated person can attend at ultrasound departments for early pregnancy scans, dating scans and anatomy scans.

Inpatients

Partner/nominated person can attend from 7am to 11pm. 

Unexpected events and complications are reviewed on an individual basis.

Delivery Suite

The birthing partner can attend when the patient is transferred to the Delivery Suite.

The birthing partner can attend for the birth.

The birthing partner can attend for delivery by caesarean section.

In the antenatal period any patient wishing for the attendance of a Doula in addition to the birthing partner must make the request to the hospital. 

Any unexpected events or circumstances are reviewed on an individual basis.

Postnatal or Gynaecology Wards

Partner or nominated person can attend from 7am to 11pm.

Unexpected events and complications are reviewed on an individual basis.

Neonatal Unit

When a baby is in the Neonatal Unit both parents can visit their baby together at the same time.

General

Partners or nominated person can attend following pregnancy loss diagnosis and any subsequent visits.

Mallow General Hospital

Information for visitors

Visiting is permitted from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm everyday.
One visitor per patient.
This will be reviewed if there is an infection outbreak.

Mercy University Hospital

We have deferred non-time dependent services including inpatient, day case and outpatient services. This is because of the increase in the number of patients with confirmed Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals.

Emergency and urgent procedures and care will continue to be provided.

Outpatient Clinics

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

Please attend your outpatient clinic appointment unless we contact you directly to arrange otherwise.

Please do not arrive early for your appointment but arrive on time. This is to ensure patient safety and to comply with social distancing.

Do not visit the hospital for an outpatient appointment if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Inpatient and day case procedures

Elective and day case procedures will continue for emergency and urgent, time sensitive procedures and care. We will contact you about your appointment.

Please do not attend your inpatient or day case procedure appointment unless the we contact you directly and provide you with a specific appointment.

Information for visitors

  • General visiting is permitted from 6pm to 8pm everyday.
  • Visiting on compassionate grounds and for particular patient care needs outside of these times is facilitated through the ward manager.
  • 1 visitor is allowed at a time per patient in multi-occupancy rooms. Please keep visits to 30 minutes.  
  • Wear a face mask at all times while in the hospital and to perform hand hygiene using the alcohol gel provided.
  • Do not visit the hospital if you are unwell with any symptoms that could be contagious such as a cough, runny nose, rash, vomiting or diarrhoea.

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

  • The visiting hours are 3pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
  • Each patient is allowed 2 visitors at a time 
  • Wear a mask while visiting the patient.
  • There can be a swap over of visitors as long as the visitors are wearing masks and there is no more than 2 visitors at a time by the patient’s bedside.
  • Anything outside of this is arrangement needs to be agreed with staff, and this should only be in exceptional circumstances.

Donegal

Letterkenny University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on a daily basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, patients are being contacted directly to advise.

Day case procedures and outpatient appointments are proceeding as usual and people should come to their appointments unless advised otherwise.

However, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is a contact of someone with COVID-19 should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.

Information for visitors 

Access for visitors is by appointment.

Visiting times are:

  • 2.30pm to 4pm
  • 6.30pm to 8.30pm

COVID-19 outbreak wards

Access for visitors to patients in COVID-19 wards is limited compassionate grounds only and these visits must be pre-arranged by contacting the relevant ward or unit in advance.

Children should not visit the hospital at this time unless agreed in advance, on compassionate grounds, with the ward manager.

Visitors need to follow public health guidance, including wearing a surgical mask and performing good hand hygiene regularly during their visit to the hospital.

Maternity department

Nominated support partner

  • Nominated support partner of women in labour are welcome to attend.
  • Nominated support partner can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia.
  • Nominated support partner will be subject to screening questions and wearing PPE. To ensure the safety of patients and staff, if a nominated support partner has any COVID-19 symptoms they will not be permitted to attend the maternity department.

Ultrasound 2nd Trimester Scan

Nominated support partners are welcomed for all ultrasound examinations and specialised clinics (including anomaly ultrasound, early pregnancy and dating scans)

Antenatal Clinic

For routine antenatal clinics please discuss nominated support partner access with the Clinical Midwifery Manager before attending the appointment. This is due to the need to monitor capacity within the clinics and maintain social distancing.

Neonatal Unit

Parents are allowed to visit their infant in the neonatal unit.

Other partner access

All sensitive cases and high-risk cases are considered individually on compassionate grounds

Maternity Ward

  • Nominated support partners can visit between 9am and 8pm.
  • Before arriving at the unit the nominated partner will be screened for COVID-19 risk factors and no visiting will be permitted if any risk factors are present. Before  admission to the unit a second screening for COVID -19 risk will be undertaken

All visitors must adhere to hand hygiene and must wear a face mask for the duration of the visit.

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).

Dublin

Beaumont Hospital Dublin

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

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

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital

For information on appointments and visiting arrangements please visit www.nohc.ie

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown

Appointments and Elective procedures

Appointments and elective procedures are going ahead as usual and people should continue to come to their appointments unless advised otherwise.

Please do not attend for your appointment if:

  • You have any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Please see COVID-19 Information available for reference.
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting a result.

If are a close contact of a person who has a diagnosis of COVID-19, please see Close Contact Information (https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/close-contact/) .

Please telephone the number on your appointment letter and a new appointment will be arranged for you.

Please view the latest advice about COVID-19 from the HSE for reference.

Visiting restrictions

https://www.rcsihospitals.ie/news/update-on-visiting/

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 Women Infants and University Hospital

Visit www.coombe.ie for updated information 

Crumlin - Children’s Health Ireland

Outpatient appointments

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

Inpatient surgeries and visiting arrangements

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

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 arrangements please go the Mater website.

Rotunda Maternity Hospital

For further information, please see www.rotunda.ie

Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital

Outpatient  appointments

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

Visiting arrangements

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.

We will be focusing first 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 to wait in your car until your appointment time.

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 arrangements

St. Columcille’s Hospital sincerely regrets that all visiting of inpatients has been cancelled, and no overnight temporary discharges for patients will be possible at this time.

Patients receiving palliative care will be allowed visitors on compassionate grounds.

St James Hospital Dublin

Please see: www.stjames.ie/visiting for up to date information.

Visiting arrangements

For further information, please visit our facebook page   

St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network

·         All visits must be arranged in advance with the Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM) /Nurse in charge of the ward or through the Oakland Lodge unit manager.

·         Patients may receive a reasonable number of visits per week for the duration of their stay.

·         1-2 people may attend each visit

·         No garden visits are allowed

·         Visiting times are 2- 4 pm.

·         A visit is 30 minutes duration.

·         End of life visits are unrestricted.

St Michael’s Hospital Dun Laoghaire

For the most up to date information on outpatient appointments and visitor arrangements 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 arrangements 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

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

Critical and compassionate circumstances continue to be accommodated on an individual basis.

Visits need to be pre-arranged.

You need to contact the ward in advance to make an appointment if you wish to visit a patient in a ward.

Please 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).

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

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 arrangements.

Galway

University Hospital Galway

 Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on a daily basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, patients are being contacted directly.

Day case procedures and outpatient appointments are proceeding as usual and people should come to their appointments unless told otherwise.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is a contact of someone with COVID-19 should not come to their appointment and should ring the number on their appointment letter to reschedule their appointment.

Information for visitors

Visiting times are:

  • 2pm to 4pm
  • 6pm to 8pm

Visiting COVID-19 wards or COVID-19 outbreak wards

Access for visitors to patients in COVID-19 wards is limited to one family member or nominated support person per day and these visits must be pre-arranged by contacting the relevant ward or unit in advance.

Children may not visit the hospital unless agreed in advance, on compassionate grounds, with the ward or unit manager

Anyone coming to the hospital must complete a COVID-19 screening checklist and follow public health guidance, including wearing a surgical face mask and performing good hand hygiene regularly.

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).

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

Maternity Department

As a maternity department, we aim to empower each woman to have a positive labour and birth experience and to enable each woman to have the support of a nominated support partner of their choice throughout the process of labour and birth.

We endeavour to ensure nominated support partners are with women during every stage of their labour, including induction of labour and birth.

Due to COVID-19, safety within the department is being continuously reviewed with regard to local infrastructure, activity within the department and the necessity at all times to maintain social distancing.

In line with recent national guidance, we are facilitating the following access for birthing partners/parents

  • Nominated support partner of women in labour are welcome to attend for the birth and nominated support partner can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia, subject to screening questions and wearing PPE (surgical mask and gown) in the theatre.
  • Nominated support partner access is possible between 8am and 9pm, apart from clinical activities including ward rounds.
  • Nominated support partner will be facilitated between 9pm and 8am if delivery is anticipated or due to distressing circumstances
  • This is subject to screening questions and wearing a face mask in the ward area.
  • A nominated support partner may attend for all scans, including EPAU.
  • A nominated support partner can attend the High Risk Antenatal Clinic

For all other clinics, please discuss nominated support partner access with the Clinical Midwifery Manager prior to attending the appointment. This is due to the need to monitor capacity within the clinics and maintain social distancing.

Antenatal Clinic

For routine antenatal clinics please discuss nominated support partner access with the Clinical Midwifery manager before attending the appointment. This is due to the need to monitor capacity within the clinics and maintain social distancing.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Parents of an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit may visit, 1 parent at a time. Parents must wear a face mask in the clinical area. Grandparents and children are not allowed to visit the NICU.

If a nominated support partner has COVID-19 symptoms, is awaiting a COVID-19 test or test result, or has had a positive test within the last 14 days, they must not come to the hospital. But an alternative nominated support partner may attend. Nominated support partners must wear a face mask at all times, maintain social distancing and use hand gel to clean their hands regularly.

Merlin Park University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on a daily basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. We are contacting patients directly if their elective procedure needs to be postponed.

Day case procedures and outpatient appointments are proceeding as usual and people should come to their appointments unless told otherwise.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is a contact of someone with COVID-19 should not come to their appointment. You should ring the number on your appointment letter to reschedule your appointment.

Information for visitors

Visiting times are:

  • 2pm to 4pm 
  • 6pm to 8pm

Visiting COVID-19 wards or COVID-19 outbreak wards

Access for visitors to patients in COVID-19 wards is limited to one family member or nominated support person per day and these visits must be pre-arranged by contacting the relevant ward or unit in advance.

Children may not visit the hospital unless agreed in advance, on compassionate grounds, with the ward or Unit manager

Anyone coming to the hospital must complete COVID-19 a screening checklist and follow public health guidance, including wearing a surgical face mask and performing good hand hygiene regularly.

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).

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

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on a daily basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, patients are being contacted directly to advise.

Day case procedures and outpatient appointments are proceeding as usual and people should come to their appointments unless advised otherwise.

However, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is a contact of someone with COVID-19 should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.

Information for visitors

Visiting times are as follows:

  • 2pm to 4pm
  • 6pm to 8pm

Visiting COVID-19 wards or COVID-19 outbreak wards

Access for visitors to patients in COVID-19 wards is limited to one family member or nominated support person per day. These visits must be arranged by contacting the ward or unit in advance.

Visitors must wear a mask in all areas of the hospital at all times and practice good hand hygiene regularly during their visit to the hospital.

Appointments to speak with the Doctor must be arranged through the relevant consultant secretary.

Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to visit the hospital. Visiting on critical and compassionate grounds will continue to be facilitated at the discretion of the ward or unit manager, or designated nurse in charge.

Maternity Department

In line with recent national guidance (published on hpsc.ie), we are facilitating the following access for nominated support partner/parents:

  • A nominated support partner is welcome to attend for support in labour
  • A nominated support partner is welcome to attend for caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia
  • Nominated support partner access is possible between 8am and 9pm, apart from clinical activities including ward rounds.
  • Nominated support partner will be facilitated between 9pm and 8am if delivery is anticipated or due to compassionate circumstances
  • Nominated support partners do not need to show EU Digital COVID certificate or HSE COVID-19 vaccination record or other proof of immunity.

All sensitive cases and high risk cases are considered individually on compassionate grounds.

Fetal assessment unit

Nominated support partners are welcomed for all ultrasound examinations and specialised clinics (including anomaly ultrasound, early pregnancy and dating scans)

Antenatal Clinic

For routine clinics please discuss nominated support partner access with the Clinical Midwifery Manager prior to attending the appointment. This is due to the need to monitor capacity within the clinics and maintain social distancing.

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

Nominated support partners are welcome for a daily visit to the SCBU for 1 to 2 hours. One visitor allowed in the unit at a time. One parent per cot.

Visiting is permitted subject to strict hand hygiene and wearing a mask. Do not visit the hospital if you have symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature, cough, shortness of breath or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).

The current guidance is kept under review and is updated in line with national recommendations.

Kerry

University Hospital Kerry

Emergency Department 

You should only attend the emergency department (ED) if it is absolutely necessary. The hospital is very busy and there is an increase of COVID-19 cases in the Kerry area. 
Please think about going to your GP or pharmacy first as there may be long delays in our ED

Read more about when you should go to an emergency department

Visiting arrangements

3 visits per patient per week.

Compassionate visiting arrangements remain in place. Contact the UHK Visiting Co-ordinator on 087-1138053 to coordinate these visits.

UHK also has some alternative means of keeping contact with loved ones:

  • Keeping Contact Initiative: UHK has set up a specific email address so that patients can receive direct messages. Communications from friends and family can be e-mailed to: uhk.keepingcontact@hse.ie Be sure to include on the subject line the Patient’s Full Name, Ward Name (if known) and the first line of the patient’s home address.
  • Virtual Visits: UHK can facilitate Video Calls using WhatsApp on Digipads for patients who do not have SMART phone/devices. Contact the facilitator on 066 718 4109 or contact the Nurse in charge on the relevant ward.

Maternity Department

Arrangements are in place in University Hospital Kerry Maternity Services in the interest of patient and public safety.

Nominated support persons are welcome to attend for:

  • Early Pregnancy Scans (EPAU) 
  • 12 week scan (booking scan)
  • 20 week scan (anatomy scan)
  • high risk scans
  • Emergency presentations during pregnancy 

Parents can both attend separately  when visiting infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or neonatal care unit

Nominated support persons are welcome at the maternity department as long as they:

  • do not have symptoms of COVID-19
  • are not suspected or confirmed as having COVID-19
  • have not been told to restrict their movements due to COVID-19

Nominated support persons will not generally need to be tested for COVID-19 before attending the unit. But the maternity department is part of a bigger campus and testing may be needed in other parts of University Hospital Kerry.

Nominated support persons will not need to show proof that they have had a COVID-19 vaccine.

If the situation changes at the maternity department and stricter arrangements need to be put in place we will let women and their nominated support partners know.

Kildare

Naas General Hospital

Patients can have 1 visit per day from a nominated person.

Visits are for a maximum of 30 minutes. 

Visiting times are 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm, every day.

Visitors must:

  • check in with security  
  • wear a surgical face mask
  • use hand sanitiser  
  • keep social distancing

Do not attend if you have any cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms.

If you cannot wear a surgical face mask, you must have a letter from your doctor.

For further information visit the Naas Hospital website

Kilkenny

St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny

Information for visitors

Visiting restrictions are currently in place at St. Luke’s Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny, for the safety of our patients, staff and community to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 infection.

Visiting restrictions are in place for these wards:

Visiting these wards is allowed for compassionate and critical circumstances only. All visits must be arranged with the Nurse in Charge on the ward or unit. No other visitors will be permitted access to the ward or unit.

All other wards in the hospital are allowing appointment visits for 30 minutes. These visits can be booked Monday to Sunday by calling 056 7785280 between 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. This does not apply to the Maternity and Paediatric ward/unit.

Visiting blocks are between 2pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm daily. All patients can receive one visit per day for 30 minutes, as long as the ward does not implement infection control measures.

We are encouraging families and loved ones of our patients to keep in touch with them as much as possible by phone, video calls, sending them cards or by sending them a message via our email service Quality.SLK@hse.ie

Electronic devices are available on the wards to facilitate phone and video calls for patients who need assistance or don’t have access to a phone. Please contact the ward to arrange this.

Maternity Services

  • Nominated support partners can attend the 12 week scan.
  • Nominated support partners can attend the 20 week scan.
  • Nominated support partners can be with the mother through labour and birth. This applies to mothers having a spontaneous or induced labour.
  • Nominated support partners may visit from 10am to 12pm and 6pm to 8pm daily.

Laois

Midlands Hospital Portlaoise

Visiting Times

Emergency Department - there is no visiting allowed in the Emergency Department.

  • Slieve Bloom Ward - 3pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm
  • Emo Court Ward - 3pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm
  • Dunamaise Ward - 3pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm
  • Maternity Ward - 6pm to 8pm
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - 3pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm
  • Coronary Care Unit (CCU) - 3pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm

Paediatric Ward - 1 parent or relative must remain at all times during the child’s admission.

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) - visiting can be arranged with the unit.

Quiet Times

Please note that the following areas have quite time for patients:

  • CCU & ICU - 1.30pm to 3pm
  • Maternity - 2pm to 4pm

If we cannot facilitate due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, which may be at short notice, we will let you know why.

We will keep this under constant review. In the full consideration of the safety of the patients and families attending our services, we ask for your understanding and co-operation in these circumstances.

On arrival to the hospital to see the Patient

  • Please enter the hospital through the main entrance.
  • You will be asked to carry out hand hygiene.  You must wear a face mask at all times in the hospital. You will be issued with a surgical face mask on arrival.
  • On the ward please only visit your relative. You must not visit any other patient on the ward.

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).

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

Maternity Services

We are managing access to the maternity services in accordance with the updated national guidance.

Every effort will be made so that your nominated support partner can be with you during the key stages of your pregnancy, labour and birth.

This includes:

  • The Antenatal Clinic first visit for first pregnancies
  • your 12 and 20 week scans
  • labour
  • the immediate post birth period either in the delivery suite or the theatre recovery area

Every effort will be made for nominated support partners to access inpatient areas during normal visiting hours between 6pm and 8pm.

This will be subject to ongoing risk assessment and as long as your nominated support partner:

  • does not have symptoms of COVID-19
  • is not suspected of having COVID-19
  • has not tested positive for COVID-19
  • has not been told to restrict their movements due to COVID-19

If we cannot facilitate your nominated support partner due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, which may be at short notice, we will let you know why.

Limerick

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Inpatient and day case surgery and outpatients appointments are continuing as normal.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, ring in advance before attending the hospital or your GP. They will give you advice. Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating. In a medical emergency if you have severe symptoms, call 112 or 999.

Information for visitors and access for nominated support persons

Visiting hours are from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm every day. Please book your visit on our online booking system. Ward staff will help you with any queries you may have about booking. Note that only one nominated visitor per patient is allowed.

Visiting restrictions can be in place at times on wards in outbreak at University Hospital Limerick. Visiting restrictions remain in place in the Emergency Department, Acute Surgical Assessment Unit, and Acute Medical Assessment Unit. The visitor app booking function disables the facility to book a visit on wards in outbreak. You will not be able to reserve a booking on these wards.

Exceptions to visiting in restricted areas are:

•        parents visiting children

•        people assisting confused patients, for example dementia

•        compassionate grounds, for example for patients who are critically unwell or at end of life.

All exemptions will be looked at on a case by case basis.

In cases where exemptions apply, we recommend that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before coming to the hospital.

We ask you not to visit patients outdoors in the grounds of the hospital, as this can also be a COVID-19 transmission risk.

Children visiting the hospital

Access for children of inpatients who have been in hospital for more than a week may be facilitated in exceptional circumstances. This will be in consultation with the relevant clinical nurse manager. Children must be under the supervision of a parent or guardian. There may be times where access for children is not suitable. The ward manager will let you know of these times.

 

St John’s Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Inpatient and day case surgery, outpatient appointments and endoscopy procedures are continuing as normal.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, ring in advance before attending the hospital or your GP. They will give you advice. Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating. In a medical emergency if you have severe symptoms, call 112 or 999.

Injury Unit

The Injury Unit is open from 8am to 7pm seven days a week

Medical Assessment Unit

The Medical Assessment Unit is open for GP referrals.

Information for visitors and access for nominated support persons

Visits must be booked through our online booking system.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, and in the interests of patient care and staff safety we ask that you adhere to the following:

  • All access for nominated persons or visitors is by appointment only, and coordinated through the relevant ward manager.
  • We reserve the right to alter the times or degree of access, depending on the needs of patients.
  • Those accessing the hospital are requested to leave wards during doctor’s rounds and during meal times.
  • Any nominated person is not permitted to access the hospital after 8.30pm, unless they are close relatives of a very ill patient.
  • Only 1 nominated person per patient is permitted, to ensure that patients can rest and recuperate, and that the privacy of all patients is respected.
  • Access for children of inpatients who have been in hospital for more than a week may be facilitated in exceptional circumstances, in consultation with the relevant Clinical Nurse Manager. Children must at all times be under the supervision of a parent/guardian. There may be occasions where access for children is not suitable and the Ward Manager will advise you accordingly.
  • In the interests of health and safety, sitting or lying on patients beds is strictly forbidden and buggies are not allowed on the wards.
  • Please do not visit the hospital if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough or shortness of breath).

University Hospital Limerick (UHL)

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Inpatient and day case surgery, outpatient appointments and endoscopy procedures are continuing as normal.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, ring in advance before attending the hospital or your GP. They will give you advice. Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating. If you have severe symptoms, call 112 or 999 in a medical emergency.

Emergency Department and Minor Injuries

The Emergency Department (ED) is 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 our seven-day 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.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, ring in advance before going to the Emergency Department or your GP. They will give you advice. Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating. In a medical emergency if you have severe symptoms, call 112 or 999.

Information for visitors and access for nominated support persons 

Visiting hours are 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm every day. Visits must be booked through our online booking system. Ward staff will help you with any queries about the system. 

Visiting restrictions are in place for now on wards in COVID-19 outbreak. Visiting restrictions also remain in place in the Emergency Department, Acute Surgical Assessment Unit, and Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

The only exceptions in those areas are:

  • parents visiting children in hospital
  • people assisting confused patients, for example dementia
  • compassionate grounds, for example for patients who are critically unwell or at end of life
  • All exemptions are limited to 1 person per patient and will be looked at on a case by case basis.

In cases where exemptions apply, we recommend that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before coming to the hospital.

Do not visit patients outdoors in the grounds of the hospital, as this can also be a COVID-19 transmission risk.

Visitors must adhere to the basic public health safety measures that help prevent transmission of COVID-19 in healthcare settings. Visitors must wear a face mask, which are available at the hospital entrance, and observe hand hygiene.

University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL)

Access for nominated support partners

UMHL continues to facilitate daily 8am to 9pm access for nominated support partners to all three of the hospital’s inpatient wards. In line with updated national advice, nominated support partners may also now attend for first appointments in the antenatal clinic, as well as the growth scan (32 to 34 weeks)

An online booking system is available for nominated support partners to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire before attending the hospital. We also encourage partners to consider taking an antigen test before attending UMHL if they have one at home. 

Nominated support partners will continue to be permitted access to the following areas in UMHL, regardless of vaccination status, once the COVID-19 questionnaire has been completed at the hospital reception:

  • Antenatal Clinic for first appointment (1 metre distancing)
  • Labour Ward throughout labour and delivery
  • Theatre including elective and emergency C-Section
  • Antenatal Ward and Postnatal Wards 8am to 9pm daily
  • designated time slots for fathers/parents of babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and High Dependency Unit (HDU)
  • Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU)
  • Emergency high risk admissions
  • 12 week dating scan
  • 22 to 24 weeks anomaly scan
  • 32 to 34 weeks growth scan 

Access on compassionate grounds will continue to be facilitated.

Staff at UMHL will continue to engage with patients and their partners to ensure they are informed of any changes around access for partners or nominated support persons.

Children are not allowed to visit the hospital.

In the interests of inpatient and staff safety, nominated support partners are asked not to access the hospital if they have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough or shortness of breath).

Louth

Drogheda - Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

Appointments and Elective procedures

Appointments and elective procedures are going ahead as usual and people should continue to come to their appointments unless advised otherwise.

Please do not attend for your appointment if:

  • You have any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Please see COVID-19 Information available for reference.
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting a result.

If are a close contact of a person who has a diagnosis of COVID-19, please see Close Contact Information (https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/close-contact/) .

Please telephone the number on your appointment letter and a new appointment will be arranged for you.

Please view the latest advice about COVID-19 from the HSE for reference.

Visiting restrictions

https://www.rcsihospitals.ie/news/update-on-visiting/

Maternity Department - Access for nominated support partner

https://rcsihospitals.ie/news/maternity-services-access-for-nominated-support-partners/

Louth County Hospital Dundalk

Appointments and Elective procedures

Appointments and elective procedures are going ahead as usual and people should continue to come to their appointments unless advised otherwise.

Please do not attend for your appointment if:

  • You have any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Please see COVID-19 Information available for reference.
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting a result.

If are a close contact of a person who has a diagnosis of COVID-19, please see Close Contact Information (https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/close-contact/) .

Please telephone the number on your appointment letter and a new appointment will be arranged for you.

Please view the latest advice about COVID-19 from the HSE for reference.

Visiting restrictions

https://www.rcsihospitals.ie/news/update-on-visiting/

Mayo

Mayo University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on a daily basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, patients are being contacted directly to advise.

Day case procedures and outpatient appointments are proceeding as usual and people should come to their appointments unless advised otherwise.

However, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is a contact of someone with COVID-19 should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.

Information for visitors

You must make an appointment to visit a patient in the hospital. Patients identify who they would like to visit and staff then telephone the nominated support person (visitor) and offer a time slot.

If you are a nominated support person (visitor) for a patient in the hospital, we ask that you do not visit the hospital if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19.

Children may not visit the hospital unless agreed in advance, on compassionate grounds, with the ward or unit manager.

Anyone coming to the hospital must complete a COVID-19 screening checklist and follow public health guidance, including wearing a surgical face mask and performing good hand hygiene regularly.

Visiting COVID-19 outbreak wards

Access for visitors to patients in COVID-19 wards is limited to compassionate grounds only and these visits must be arranged in advance with the nurse manager on the ward.

Maternity department

  • A nominated support partner is welcome to attend for support in labour
  • A nominated support partner is welcome to attend for caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia.
  • Nominated support partner access is possible between 8am and 9pm, apart from clinical activities including ward rounds.
  • Nominated support partner will be facilitated between 9pm and 8am if delivery is anticipated or due to distressing circumstances.
  • If delivery is after 9pm partners may stay for one hour.

The nominated support partner must remain at the bedside and is not permitted in other areas of the maternity ward. Nominated support partners must wear a face mask at all times.

Nominated support partners will be screened for COVID-19 risk factors and no visiting will be permitted if any risk factors are present. Nominated support partners are asked to please sign visitor book on entry to Unit.

Nominated support partners do not need to show EU Digital COVID certificate or HSE COVID-19 vaccination record or other proof of immunity.

Antenatal Outpatient Appointments

At the present time women are asked not to bring an accompanying person into the clinic building with them on routine antenatal visits however consideration will be given to high risk cases with prior arrangement with the CNM2.

Ultrasound Scan Appointments

Nominated support partners may attend the booking/dating scan and second trimester scan. To facilitate social distancing nominated support partners must wait in their car or outside the hospital until the woman is next in line to go into the scan room. Nominated support partners may attend early pregnancy scans.

Other nominated support partner access

All sensitive cases and high risk cases are considered individually on compassionate grounds.

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

  • Open visiting for mothers. Nominated support partners are permitted to visit daily. Visiting must be arranged in advance with the person in charge.
  • To facilitate social distancing within the unit, only one parent may visit at a time.
  • All visitors must adhere to COVID-19 guidance.

COVID-19 Risk Factors

You should not visit the hospital if you:

  • are suffering from any symptoms or signs of COVID-19
  • have been deemed a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19
  • have been in contact with any person who is suffering from the symptoms or signs of COVID-19
  • have tested positive in the last 10 days

The current guidance is kept under review and is updated in line with national recommendations.

Meath

Navan - Our Lady’s Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient services are fully operational. Please attend the hospital if you have a scheduled appointment and have not heard otherwise from the hospital

Elective Day and inpatient surgeries

Orthopaedic Day Case/In-Patient Services and some General Day Surgery/In-Patient Elective services are temporarily suspended.

Endoscopy services are operating as normal.

Visiting arrangements

Due to the high levels of COVID-19 in the community and the continued increase of patients attending Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan with COVID-19, Hospital Management will be introducing a temporary pause on visiting to the entire Hospital.

Visiting on compassionate grounds can still be arranged by contacting the Clinical Nurse Manager/Nurse in Charge of the wards.

Monaghan

Monaghan Hospital

Appointments and Elective procedures

Appointments and elective procedures are going ahead as usual and people should continue to come to their appointments unless advised otherwise.

Please do not attend for your appointment if:

  • You have any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Please see COVID-19 Information available for reference.
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting a result.

If are a close contact of a person who has a diagnosis of COVID-19, please see Close Contact Information (https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/close-contact/) .

Please telephone the number on your appointment letter and a new appointment will be arranged for you.

Please view the latest advice about COVID-19 from the HSE for reference.

Visiting restrictions

https://www.rcsihospitals.ie/news/update-on-visiting/

Maternity Service

The rest period for mothers is in place from 1pm to 5pm.

Nominated support partners can:

  • attend the Early Pregnancy Unit department when their partner is having their scan
  • attend for the 12 week scan
  • attend for the 20 week scan
  • be with the mother through labour, birth or caesarean section
  • visit the Ante-Natal and Post-Natal ward every from 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm

COVID-19 compliance

Visitors will need to complete a questionnaire on COVID-19 and other contagious health conditions. 

This completed form should to be given to a staff member in the ward to be placed in the patients’ notes.

Offaly

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

Visiting arrangements for all areas

All inpatient visiting must be arranged in advance with the Clinical Nurse Manager/ Nurse in Charge of the ward.

Visits are between 2.30pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 8pm.

Patients may receive 4 visits each week.

Only 1 person may attend each visit for 30 minutes.

Visitors must remain within the bed space of the patient they are visiting and not interact with other visitors or patients during their visit.

Visitors must wear a surgical face mask for the duration of their visit and perform hand hygiene regularly.

End of life and compassionate visits are coordinated at ward or department level with the Clinical Nurse Manager or Nurse in Charge of the unit.

Roscommon

Roscommon University Hospital

Inpatient, Day Case Procedures and Outpatient Appointments

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on a daily basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, patients are being contacted directly to advise.

Day case procedures and outpatient appointments are proceeding as usual and people should come to their appointments unless advised otherwise.

However, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is a contact of someone with COVID-19 should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.

The Roscommon Injury Unit continues to be available to treat minor injuries and the Medical Assessment Unit is available for GP referrals.

Visiting Arrangements

Due to outbreaks of COVID-19 at Roscommon University Hospital, access for visitors to St Bridget’s Ward, St. Coman’s and St. Teresa’s wards are currently limited to compassionate grounds only and these visits should be arranged in advance with the nurse in charge on the relevant ward.

Children should not visit the hospital at this time unless agreed in advance, on compassionate grounds, with the ward manager.

Visitors will be required to follow public health guidance, including wearing a surgical mask and performing good hand hygiene regularly during their visit to the hospital.

Anyone planning to visit the hospital is asked to delay their visit if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19.

Sligo

Sligo University Hospital

Inpatient, Day Case Procedures and Outpatient Appointments

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on a daily basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, patients are being contacted directly to advise.

Day case procedures and outpatient appointments are proceeding as usual and people should come to their appointments unless advised otherwise.

However, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or is a contact of someone with COVID-19 should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.

Information for visitors

Visiting time is from 6pm to 8pm

COVID-19 outbreak wards

Access for visitors to patients in COVID-19 wards is limited compassionate grounds only and these visits must be pre-arranged by contacting the relevant ward or unit in advance.

Children may not visit the hospital unless agreed in advance, on compassionate grounds, with the ward or unit manager.

Anyone coming to the hospital must follow the public health guidance, including wearing a surgical face mask and performing good hand hygiene regularly.

Maternity Department

In line with recent national guidance (published on hpsc.ie), we are facilitating the following access for nominated support partner/parents:
  • Nominated support partners can attend for the induction of labour and assessments for early labour
  • Nominated support partners are welcome for the duration of the labour, delivery and postnatally while in delivery suite
  • Nominated support partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia, subject to screening questions and wearing PPE (surgical mask and gown) in the theatre.
  • Nominated support partner access is possible between 8am and 9pm, apart from clinical activities including ward rounds.
  • Nominated support partner will be facilitated between 9pm and 8am if delivery is anticipated or due to compassionate circumstances
  • Nominated support partners can attend for all ultrasound scans
  • In order to maintain safe social distancing, appointments may need to be scheduled or a nominated support partner may need to wait in a separate area, depending on maternity ward activity levels on any given day.
  • Prior to arrival, the nominated support partner 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.

Nominated support partners do not need to show EU Digital COVID certificate or HSE COVID-19 vaccination record or other proof of immunity.

Antenatal Clinics

Due to social distancing requirements we cannot facilitate nominated support partners at antenatal appointments at present, however consideration will be given to high risk cases with prior arrangement with the Clinical Midwife Manager.

USS scanning

A nominated support partner may attend all pregnancy ultrasound scans including EPAU.

Neonatal Unit

Unrestricted access for parents between 8.30am and 7.30pm

Appointments may need to be scheduled depending on NICU activity levels on any given day to maintain safe social distancing.

Other partner access

All sensitive cases and high risk cases are considered individually on compassionate grounds

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).

The current guidance is kept under review and is updated in line with national recommendations.

Tipperary

Nenagh Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Day case surgery, Outpatient appointments and endoscopy procedures continue as normal.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, ring in advance before attending the hospital or your GP. They will give you advice. Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating. In a medical emergency if you have severe symptoms, call 112 or 999.

Information for visitors and access for nominated support persons

Visiting hours are from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm every day.

Visits must be booked through our online booking system. Staff on the wards will be able to help with any queries you have about the online system.

Only 1 nominated visitor per patient is allowed.

Anyone accessing the hospital will need to:

Please do not come to the hospital if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough or shortness of breath).

 

South Tipperary General Hospital

Visiting arrangements

All visitors need to complete a COVID-19 Risk Assessment form at the front door before your visit. 

You must wear a surgical face mask while in the hospital which covers your mouth and nose at all times.

All patients are allowed 1 visitor a day.

The following exceptions will be facilitated:

  • End Of Life Non-COVID-19 Patient - 2 relatives 
  • End Of Life COVID-19 Patient – 2 relatives, please wear PPE 
  • Critically ill patient - 2 relatives 
  • 1 parent will be allowed visit children in the Paediatric Unit 
  • Maternity Department and Special Care Baby Unit  – no changes to current visiting arrangement in the maternity services

 Exceptional circumstances are accommodated by arrangement with the Clinical Nurse Manager of the ward.
All visitors must wear a face mask and wash their hands correctly. 

    Paediatric Unit

    1 parent will be allowed to visit children in the Paediatric Unit at a time

    Maternity Department

    • Maternity Department and Special Care Baby Unit  – no changes to current visiting arrangement in the maternity services.
    • Visiting in the special care baby unit is facilitated for the mother and nominated partner.
    • Nominated support partners can attend the labour ward with the woman by the front door or emergency department (ED). The partner must wear a face mask at all times. Full PPE will be provided for unvaccinated partners
    • As per national guidelines, the nominated support partner can be present from 8am to 9pm including attendance in the ward/first stage room and labour ward for all assessments.
    • In the event of a woman labouring into the evening and overnight, the nominated support partner can be present if desired.
    • Nominated support partners are facilitated at the booking scan, anomaly scan, or any other visit that may involve communication of particular emotional significance.
    • Nominated support partners are welcome to attend the booking appointment but due to space restrictions are requested to limit the visit following the scan.

    Visits may be subject to change due to increased service demand.

    Visitors

    • Visits should be short – approximately 1 hour but should be appropriate to the needs of the patient
    • Visitors must wear a surgical face mask while in the hospital. If wearing a mask is not practical, they should wear a visor that extends from above the eyes to below the chin and from ear to ear
    • All visitors will need to complete a COVID-19 visitor questionnaire

    Please be advised that the Outbreak Committee and Infection Prevention and Control Team are monitoring the situation and visiting may be suspended during an outbreak to minimise transmission of infection. 

    Waterford

    University Hospital Waterford

    Visiting arrangements

    • Visiting is between 2pm and 4pm every day
    • 1 visitor unless there is an arrangement with the Ward / Unit Manager.
    • Please tell Security staff on arrival where you are going. 
    • Please comply with any infection prevention and control precautions such as mask wearing, use of alcogel etc.
    • Please note that at any time a ward may be in Outbreak and in such instance visiting is not facilitated to that ward
    • If the hospital is experiencing a significant number of Outbreaks visiting may be restricted with visiting only facilitated in exceptional circumstances by arrangement with the Ward or Unit Manager.
    • If this happens, you can drop off or collect patients’ belongings to the designated area in the Main Foyer. Please make sure that any drop off is labelled.
    • Do not come to the hospital if you feel unwell or have cold or flu symptoms, vomiting or diarrhoea.
    • Special arrangements will be made for very unwell patients or patients with exceptional circumstances – these arrangements should be made directly between family members and the Ward or Unit Manager.

    Maternity department

    Nominated support partners are welcome to attend for:

    • 12 week scan
    • 20 week scan
    • emergency presentations
    • labour and childbirth
    • other appointments or attendances that may be stressful or upsetting

    Visiting by nominated partners is flexible and facilitated daily by arrangement with the Clinical Nurse Manager

    People accessing the hospital need to abide by the various measures in place. Relatives of patients should identify one person who will be the contact for the relevant unit or ward.

    Westmeath

    Regional Hospital Mullingar

    Visiting Arrangements

    • Visiting times are 2.30pm - 3.30pm and 6.30pm – 8pm daily. Two visitors per patient during each visiting period is permitted.
    • Visitors will be required to wear a surgical face mask for the duration of their visit and perform hand hygiene regularly.
    • Visitors will be required to remain within the patient bed space only and not interact with other visitors or patients during their visit.
    • Children under 12 years should only visit in exceptional circumstances and permission to visit requires prior approval by the Ward Manager.

    Current Visiting Guidelines by Ward / Unit

    Covid Positive In-Patients

    • Visiting will only by facilitated via Ward Manager in exceptional circumstances.

    Medical and Surgical Wards

    • On arrival at the hospital, visitors are required to check in at Security.
    • There may be a requirement to control access to RHM in view of the evolving Public Health situation.

    Rehabilitation Unit

    • Visiting is facilitated by arrangement with the Rehab Ward Manager.

    Maternity Wards

    • Nominated support partner can attend the Early Pregnancy Unit department when their partner is having their scan.
    • Nominated support partner can attend for the 12 week scan.
    • Nominated support partner can attend for the 20 week scan.
    • Nominated support partner can be with the mother through labour, birth or caesarean section.
    • Nominated support partner may visit the Ante-Natal and Post-Natal ward daily from 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm.
    • Rest period for mothers will continue to be in place from 1pm to 5pm.

    Special Care Baby Unit

    • Parents are welcome to visit their baby in the Special Care Baby Unit. Mother can visit and partner is permitted to visit following arrangement with the Ward Manager.

    Paediatric Ward

    • One parent, guardian or carer is supported to be with their child during the hospital admission. 
    • The accompanying person must not have symptoms of Covid-19, must not be a suspected or a confirmed case of Covid-19 and must not be subject to restricted movements for any other Public Health reason.

    Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

    • Visiting is facilitated by arrangement with the ICU Ward Manager or nurse in charge.

    Critical & Compassionate Grounds

    • On critical and compassionate grounds, further visits can be arranged through the relevant Ward Manager.

    Wexford

    Wexford General Hospital


    Normal service has resumed for the following facilities:

    • General x-rays
    • General ultrasounds
    • CT scans
    • Antenatal scans
    • Gynaecology scans
    • Cardiac diagnostic outpatient appointments (includes echoes, blood pressure monitors and pacemakers) for urgent referrals
    • Emergency department
    • Out-patient clinics
    • Surgeries

    What to bring to your appointment

    Bring your most recent appointment letter or any hospital documentation you have.

    Healthlink

    Healthlink is operational.

    Visiting arrangements

    Visiting restrictions reintroduced with immediate effect for Wexford General Hospital.

    Due to the high levels of Covid-19 in the community and the continued increase of patients attending Wexford General with Covid-19, Hospital Management are introducing a pause on visiting to all medical and surgical wards.

    Visiting on compassionate grounds can still be arranged by contacting the Clinical Nurse Manager/Nurse in Charge of the affected wards.

    Hospital management would like to thank the public for their understanding and cooperation at this time.

    Maternity Services

    Labour and Birth

    Visiting to the Maternity Unit is from 10am to 8pm. Each patient is requested to identify one Nominated Support Person (NSP) for the duration of their hospital stay. The patient’s preference with respect to seeing people or not seeing people should be respected.

    Maternity Ward ( Antenatal & Postnatal)

    Nominated Support Partners are welcome from 10am to 8pm.

    Women who are booked for an elective induction of labour are initially admitted to the maternity ward at 7pm. Nominated Support Partners are welcome to attend the maternity ward at this time.

    Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

    Unrestricted access for parents between 9.30am and 9.30pm

    Appointments may need to be scheduled depending on SCBU activity levels on any given day to maintain safe social distancing

    Other Nominated support partner access

    All sensitive cases and high risk cases are considered individually on compassionate grounds.

    • Nominated Support Partners are welcome to attend the 12 week scan 
    • Nominated Support Partners are welcome to attend the 20 week scans 
    • Nominated Support Partners are welcome to attend the early pregnancy unit

    Antenatal appointments

    Infrastructure in the antenatal outpatient waiting area cannot facilitate Nominated Support Partners. Nominated Support Partners are welcome to wait outside and are invited into the appointment when the woman attends the appointment, if this is the woman’s wish.

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