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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

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

Restrictions 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 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.

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

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

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

Cavan

Cavan General Hospital

Outpatient appointments

All outpatient appointments have recommenced with face-to-face and phone appointments.

Day and inpatient surgeries

In-patient and some day-care procedures have recommenced and we will contact patients directly about their appointment.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Maternity Department –Access for nominated support partner

Maternity Services Access for Partners (rcsihospitals.ie)

Clare

Ennis 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.

Access for Nominated Support Persons, Accompanying Persons & Visitors

In line with updated national guidance on access to hospitals, Ennis Hospital is now facilitating scheduled timed access slots for inpatients and their nominated support persons or visitors, during the hours of 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm daily.

We continue to facilitate parents supporting children, and people assisting confused patients. For example patients with dementia.

  • Only one nominated person per patient is allowed
  • Even if you are nominated by an inpatient, do not access the hospital if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough or shortness of breath)
  • Support persons and visitors will be temperature-checked on entry to all hospital sites, and will need to wear a face mask, observe hand hygiene, and fill in a COVID-19 questionnaire

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.

All limitations on access to the hospital are under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

Cork

Bantry General Hospital

There is an increase in the number of patients with confirmed COVID-19 being admitted to hospitals. Because of this and the projected trend in admissions based on community transmission levels, the hospital is implementing the following arrangements for people visiting patients:

Visiting restrictions

We have scheduled timed slots for those visiting patients. Only 1 visitor per patient per day is allowed. Each visitor will be given their own time slot.

Visiting times are from 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Each visit can last up to 45 minutes.

To schedule a visit, you must contact the relevant ward giving your name and telephone number. You will be asked to answer the COVID–19 risk assessment questions.

When you arrive at the hospital your name will be checked on the visitor list. You will be asked if there are any changes to your health since you completed the COVID-19 risk assessment. We will need to check your temperature. You will need to complete and sign the visitor logbook.

Children are not allowed to visit the hospital at this time unless on compassionate grounds. These visits will need to be agreed in advance with the ward manager.

Visitors will be asked to comply with public health and hospital guidelines. These include practicing good hand hygiene and wearing a surgical mask. We will provide any other personal protective equipment if needed.

Cork University Hospital

Visiting restrictions

At CUMH, the nominated support person is welcome to attend:

  • early pregnancy scans
  • the 12 week scan (booking scan)
  • the anatomy scan (between 21 and 26 weeks)
  • when the patient is in established labour
  • inpatient visiting – unrestricted visiting from 7am to 11pm every day for nominated partners
  • neonatal unit – parents can both attend separately, unrestricted visiting times
  • high dependency unit – unrestricted visiting
  • any other situation where there is reason to anticipate that the visit is likely to be associated with particular stress or to involve communication of particular emotional significance

Exceptions may be made for compassionate reasons.

Cork University Maternity Hospital

The nominated support 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

Visiting restrictions

Visiting is restricted to 1 person per patient between 6pm and 7pm daily.

Visitors will need to complete a COVID-19 risk assessment. We will need to check your temperature. You will need to complete and sign the visitor logbook.

Children are not allowed to visit the hospital.

There are special arrangements for compassionate and End of Life situations. Family meetings are also accommodated by arrangement.

Mercy University Hospital

Mercy University Hospital 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 and the projected trend in admissions based upon community transmission levels.

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, taking into account infection control and public health guidance. Some patient consultations are now taking place by phone and/or video calls.

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

To ensure patient safety and to comply with social distancing, please do not arrive early for your appointment but arrive on time.

Patients are asked not to visit the hospital for an outpatient appointment if they have symptoms of COVID-19 but to instead contact their GP.

Inpatient and day case procedures

Elective and day case procedures will continue for emergency and urgent, time sensitive procedures and care, taking into account infection control and public health guidance. 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.

Visiting restrictions

Strict visiting restrictions remain in place.

Visiting is restricted to patients who:

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

Only one permitted visitor per patient is allowable at one time.

Children are not allowed to visit.

In some circumstances, visiting will be facilitated by prior agreement with the Clinical Nurse Manager on the ward. Please contact the ward to arrange a visit.

Patients are asked not to visit the hospital if they have symptoms of COVID 19 and to instead contact their GP.

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

Due to the on-going risk of COVID-19 the hospital visiting hours are restricted to protect the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff. Each visit must first be agreed with ward staff and booked in advance to limit the number of visitors to the hospital. This will also allow contact tracing to be carried out more quickly in the event of a COVID-19 positive case.

All visits have to be booked in advance. The total number of visitors to the hospital at one time is currently restricted. Children are not allowed to visit at this time. The new visiting practice will remain in place as a response to COVID-19 pandemic and will be reviewed as needed. Exceptions may be made in specific circumstances.

Use our online booking service to book a visit with a patient

Donegal

Letterkenny University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Day case and outpatient appointments are going ahead as usual and people should continue to come to their appointments unless advised otherwise. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, is a contact of someone with COVID-19 or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on an ongoing basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, the hospital will contact the patient directly to advise.

Limitations on Access to the Hospital

You need to make an appointment if you want to visit a patient in a ward area. Contact the ward or unit in advance (before 3pm).

Appointments will be staggered across all ward areas each day at 6.30pm, 7.15pm and 8pm and are limited to 1 visit for each patient a day. Each visit can last up to 30 minutes.

Visitors will be asked to arrive at their scheduled visiting time to the main hospital entrance where their name will be checked on the approved list of visitors and they will be asked to complete a COVID-19 Risk Assessment Form.

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.

Maternity department

Please note LUH is currently in a COVID outbreak so some access is restricted. Below is the arrangements outside of COVID restrictions.

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 prior to attending the appointment. This is due to the need to monitor capacity within the clinics and maintain social distancing.

Neonatal Unit

Parents of an infant in the neonatal unit may visit, one parent at a time

Other partner access

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

Maternity Ward

  • Nominated support partner access is possible between 8 am 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

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 restrictions 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

Outpatient appointments

All outpatient appointments have recommenced with face-to-face and phone appointments.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

In-patient and some day-care procedures have recommenced and we have contacted the patients. . 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 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 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 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 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 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 restrictions

Each visitor is allowed 4 visits per week for half an hour. It is necessary to book visiting times by contacting the ward.

Exception to booking of visiting times:

  • people assisting confused patients - for example, patients with dementia
  • Compassionate visits to patients at end of life. (to be arranged with Nursing staff).

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

Children will not be allowed to visit patients except in exceptional circumstances

St James Hospital Dublin

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

Visiting restrictions

For further information, please visit our facebook page

St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network

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.

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

Visits are scheduled between 2pm and 4pm.

Patients may receive 2 visits each week.

Only 1 person may attend each visit.

Visitors may accompany patients for out-patient appointments or radiotherapy on a need only basis.

End of life / compassionate visits are coordinated at ward level when required.

St Michael’s Hospital Dun Laoghaire

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

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

In order to minimise the risk of the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, we have implemented visitor restrictions.

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

Day case and outpatient appointments are going ahead as usual and people should continue to come to their appointments unless advised otherwise. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, is a contact of someone with COVID-19 or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on an ongoing basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, the hospital will contact the patient directly to advise.

Limitations on Access to the Hospital

Visiting times are from 6pm and 7pm each day and limited to 1 visit for each patient a day.

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

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

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 (published on hpsc.ie), 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 8 am 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.

The Maternity Department does not facilitate nominated support partners to stay overnight on the Antenatal and Postnatal wards.

Antenatal Clinic

For routine antenatal 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.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Parents of an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit may visit, one 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.

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.

Merlin Park University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

Day case and outpatient appointments are going ahead as usual and people should continue to come to their appointments unless advised otherwise. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, is a contact of someone with COVID-19 or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on an ongoing basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, the hospital will contact the patient directly to advise.

Limitations on Access to the Hospital

Visiting times are from 6pm to 8pm each day and limited to 1 visit for each patient a day.

  • Visits must be pre-arranged by family members / visitors, who should contact the relevant ward or Unit in advance.

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

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

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 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

Day case and outpatient appointments are going ahead as usual and people should continue to come to their appointments unless advised otherwise. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, is a contact of someone with COVID-19 or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on an ongoing basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, the hospital will contact the patient directly to advise.

Limitations on Access to the Hospital

You need to make an appointment if you want to visit a patient in a ward area.

Visiting times are from 6pm to 8pm each day and limited to 1 visit for each patient a day.

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.

To schedule a visit, the nominated support person should contact the relevant ward between 11:00am and 12:30pm Monday – Friday (weekend visiting must be arranged on Friday morning). Nominated support person visitors should arrive 5-10 minutes prior to their appointed time.

Entrance to the hospital will be via the Emergency Department where "Meet and Greet" staff will check the nominated support person visitor from the approved visiting list and will ask the relevant COVID-19 screening questions.

This assigned appointment is for visiting only. Appointments to speak with the Doctor must be arranged via 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/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 8 am 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

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 one hour. 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

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

Restrictions 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, unrestricted, when visiting infant in the NICU/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 restrictions need to be put in place we will let women and their nominated support partners know.

Kildare

Naas General Hospital

Visits need to be pre-arranged.

You need to contact the ward in advance to make an appointment if you want to visit a patient in a ward. Critical and compassionate circumstances continue to be accommodated on an individual basis.

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.

Kilkenny

St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny

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

  • 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

Visits need to be pre-arranged. You need to contact the ward or unit in advance to make an appointment if you want to visit a patient in a ward.

The visiting co-ordinator is available every day from 10am to 1pm at 057 8696801. An answering machine is available outside these hours so you can leave a message and they will return your call.

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

Visiting Times

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

  • Medical Ward - 2pm to 4pm
  • Surgical Ward - 2pm to 4pm
  • Maternity Ward - 10am to 7pm
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - 3pm to 4pm
  • Coronary Care Unit (CCU) - 3pm to 4pm

Paediatric Ward - One 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.

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.
  • Check in with the security officer at reception where you will be asked to complete a Covid-19 questionnaire similar to the questions that have been asked by the visiting co-ordinator
  • Your temperature will be recorded on the questionnaire.
  • In the event of a raised temperature you won’t be able to visit your relative and you will be advised to contact your GP for medical advice
  • 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.
  • Your name will be on the visiting log which you will be asked to sign and the security officer will give you directions to the ward.
  • 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 restrictions 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:

  • 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 8am and 9pm.

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

Access for Nominated Support Persons, Accompanying Persons & Visitors

In line with updated national guidance on access to hospitals, Croom Orthopaedic Hospital is now facilitating scheduled access slots for inpatients and their nominated support persons or visitors, during the hours of 2-4pm and 6-8pm daily.

These slots are coordinated by Clinical Nurse Managers and Ward Clerks in consultation with patients and their families and loved ones.

We continue to facilitate parents supporting children, and people assisting confused patients, e.g., patients with dementia.

  • Only one nominated person per patient is allowed
  • Even if you are nominated by an inpatient, do not access the hospital if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough or shortness of breath)
  • Support persons and visitors will be temperature-checked on entry to all hospital sites, and will be required to wear a face mask, observe hand hygiene, and undertake a COVID-19 questionnaire

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.

All limitations on access to the hospital are under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

University Hospital Limerick

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 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.

Access for Nominated Support Persons & Visitors

Access for nominated support persons and visitors is being reintroduced at University Hospital Limerick to inpatient wards, except those still affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in the hospital.

Scheduled timed access slots for inpatients and their families--with one nominated visitor per person in any one slot--are being organised daily.

These timed slots are being coordinated by Clinical Nurse Managers and Ward Clerks in consultation with patients and their families and loved ones.

The nominated support person / visitor will be temperature-checked and asked to take a COVID-19 questionnaire on entrance to the hospital.

Please do not access the hospital for a scheduled visit if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough or shortness of breath).

Limitations on access to those wards in outbreak will remain in place for now, in the interests of patient safety and keeping essential services open. There are also limitations on access to the hospital’s Emergency Department, Acute Surgical Assessment Unit, and Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

We regret any inconvenience these access limitations cause for patients and their loved ones.

We continue to facilitate access for parents supporting children; people assisting confused patients, e.g., patients with dementia; and on compassionate grounds in the case of patients who are critically ill or at end of life (on a case-by-case basis, with one person per patient only).

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.

All exemptions to access limitations are limited to one person per patient. In cases where the exceptions apply, we strongly recommend that members of the public are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before accessing UHL, to minimise any risks to our patients and to their loved ones and our staff.

We are also asking members of the public not to meet their inpatient relatives or loved ones outdoors in the grounds of the hospital, as this can also present a COVID-19 transmission risk.

The only exceptions are:

  • Parents supporting children in hospital
  • People assisting confused patients, e.g. dementia (on a case-by-case basis)
  • Access on compassionate grounds, e.g., for patients who are critically unwell or at end of life (on a case-by-case basis)

All exemptions are limited to one person per patient. In cases where exemptions apply, we strongly recommend that members of the public are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before accessing UHL to minimise any risks to our patients and to their loved ones and our staff.

We are also asking members of the public not to meet their inpatient relatives or loved ones outdoors in the grounds of the hospital, as this can also present a COVID-19 transmission risk.

University Maternity Hospital Limerick

Access for Nominated Support Partners

UMHL is facilitating daily 8am to 9pm access for nominated support partners to all three of our inpatient wards. Nominated support partners will continue to be permitted access to the following areas, regardless of vaccination status, once a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature screening has been completed at the hospital reception:
  • Labour Ward: throughout labour and delivery
  • Theatre: including Elective and Emergency C-Section
  • NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) / HDU (High Dependency Unit): designated time slots for fathers/parents of babies
  • EPAU ( Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit)
  • Emergency high risk admissions
  • 12-Week Scan
  • Anomaly Scan
  • Access on compassionate grounds will continue to be facilitated.
All limitations on access to the hospital for nominated support partners remain under review.
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 coronavirus (high temperature, cough or shortness of breath).

St John’s 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.

Access for Nominated Support Persons, Accompanying Persons & Visitors

St John’s Hospital welcomes nominated support persons and visitors. However, due to current COVID-19 restrictions, and in the interests of patient care and staff safety, in line with the guidance of the national Health Protection Surveillance Centre, we request that you adhere to the following:

  • All access for nominated persons or visitors is by appointment only, and coordinated through the relevant Ward Manager.
  • The Hospital Authorities reserve the right to alter the times or degree of access, depending on the needs of patients.
  • Those accessing St John’s Hospital are requested to leave wards during Doctor’s rounds and during meal times.
  • Any nominated person is not permitted to access St John’s Hospital after 8.30pm, unless they are close relatives of a very ill patient.
  • No more than one 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).

Louth

Drogheda - Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

Outpatient appointments

All outpatient appointments have recommenced in the form of face-to-face and phone appointments. Patients have been contacted in this regard.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

In-patient and some day-care procedures have recommenced and the Hospital has made contact with these patients. Endoscopy services continue.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • visiting patients at end of life
  • visiting patients in critical care

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

Maternity Department –Access for Partners

Maternity Services Access for Partners (rcsihospitals.ie)

Louth County Hospital Dundalk

Outpatient appointments

All outpatient appointments have recommenced in the form of face-to-face and phone appointments. Patients have been contacted in this regard.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

In-patient and some day-care procedures have recommenced and the Hospital has made contact with these patients.

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

Day case and outpatient appointments are going ahead as usual and people should continue to come to their appointments unless advised otherwise. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, is a contact of someone with COVID-19 or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on an ongoing basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, the hospital will contact the patient directly to advise.

Limitations on Access to the Hospital

You need to make an appointment if you want to visit a patient in a ward area.

Patients identify who they would like to visit. The hospital staff will telephone the nominated support person and offer an appointment slot.

Appointments will be staggered each day from 2pm to 4pm and are limited to 1 visit for each patient a day. Each visit can last up to 30 minutes.

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

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

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 8 am 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.

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.
  • 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

Visitors should not attend if they are suffering from any symptoms or signs of COVID-19, if they have been deemed a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19, if they have been in contact with any person who is suffering from the symptoms or signs of COVID-19, or if they themselves 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 restrictions

Visiting restrictions remain in place. Visiting is permitted but an appointment to visit must be pre-authorised in advance by the Ward Manager. Visitors will be required to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate as proof of their vaccination status. They will also be required to wear PPE attire appropriate to the destination ward and complete a risk assessment on presentation to the Hospital.

Monaghan

Monaghan Hospital

Outpatient appointments

All outpatient appointments have recommenced in the form of face-to-face and phone appointments. Patients have been contacted in this regard.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

In-patient and some day-care procedures have recommenced and the Hospital has made contact with these patients.

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

Visiting restrictions

Visits need to be pre-arranged.

You need to contact the ward in advance to make an appointment if you want to visit a patient in a ward. Critical and compassionate circumstances continue to be accommodated on an individual basis.

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.

Roscommon

Roscommon University Hospital

Inpatient, Day Case Procedures and Outpatient Appointments

Day case, outpatient and endoscopy appointments are going ahead as usual and people should continue to come to their appointments unless advised otherwise. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, is a contact of someone with COVID-19 or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on an ongoing basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, the hospital will contact the patient directly to advise.

Limitations on Access to the Hospital

You need to make an appointment if you want to visit a patient in a ward area.

To schedule a visit, you should contact the relevant ward, between 2.00pm – 4.00pm to book an available timeslot:

  • St Bridget’s Ward 090 6632214/15
  • St Teresa’s Ward 090 6632253/30
  • St Coman’s Ward 090 6632223/25

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 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

Day case and outpatient appointments are going ahead as usual and people should continue to come to their appointments unless advised otherwise. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, is a contact of someone with COVID-19 or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result should not come to their appointment and should reschedule by contacting the number on their appointment letter.

The hospital is reviewing planned elective surgery on an ongoing basis and prioritising urgent time-sensitive procedures. In the event that an elective procedure needs to be postponed, the hospital will contact the patient directly to advise.

Limitations on Access to the Hospital

You need to make an appointment if you want to visit a patient in a ward area. Contact the ward or unit in advance.

Visiting times are from 6pm to 8pm each day. and limited to 1 visit for each patient a day.

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

Anyone coming to the hospital must complete COVID-19 a screening checklist and follow the public health guidance, including wearing a 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 8 am 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
  • 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.

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 CNM2.

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 nominated support 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

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.

Access for Nominated Support Persons, Accompanying Persons & Visitors

In line with updated national guidance on access to hospitals, Nenagh Hospital is now facilitating scheduled timed access slots for inpatients and their nominated support persons or visitors, during the hours of 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm daily.

These slots are coordinated by Clinical Nurse Managers and Ward Clerks in consultation with patients and their families and loved ones.

We continue to facilitate parents supporting children, people visiting patients at end of life, and people assisting confused patients, e.g., patients with dementia.

  • Only one nominated person per patient is allowed
  • Even if you are nominated by an inpatient, do not access the hospital if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough or shortness of breath)
  • Support persons and visitors will be temperature-checked on entry to all hospital sites, and will be required to wear a face mask, observe hand hygiene, and undertake a COVID-19 questionnaire

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.

All limitations on access to the hospital are under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

South Tipperary General Hospital

General services

Visiting to TUH is allowed from 2pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Visiting is not allowed outside of these hours unless in exceptional circumstances by prior arrangement with the ward/unit manager. All adult inpatients will be allowed 2 visitors per day. It is preferable that the visitors are not present at the same time in order to reduce the footfall within the ward area.

Visiting arrangements

  • End Of Life Non COVID-19 Patient - 2 nominated relatives
  • Visitors to COVID-19 positive patients – No visitors except in exceptional circumstances as arranged by the Clinical Nurse Manager.
  • End Of Life COVID-19 Patient – 2 nominated relatives
  • Critically ill patient - 2 nominated relatives
  • All visitors must follow correct hand hygiene and wear a face mask in the hospital
  • One parent will be allowed visit children in the Paediatric Unit at any one time

Maternity Department

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. It is preferable that the partner is vaccinated, however, this is not compulsory. If a partner says that they are not vaccinated, full PPE will be provided.

A COVID-19 questionnaire must be completed including a temperature check on arrival to the labour ward.

As per national guidelines, the nominated support partner can be with the woman from 8pm to 9 pm. A partner can be present on 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 it is preferable if they leave post the scan. This again will reduce the foot fall in this area due to space restrictions.

Nominated support partners are facilitated to visit their baby in the special care baby unit. Women can visit their baby with their partners. Visits are subject to change based on the activity levels of the unit on a given day

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
  • Visiting may be suspending during an outbreak to minimise transmission of infection

Waterford

University Hospital Waterford

Visiting restrictions

Visiting Restrictions remain in place in University Hospital Waterford.

Visiting is facilitated in all compassionate and exceptional circumstances by arrangement with the Clinical Nurse Manager, including:

  • circumstances in which end of life is imminent
  • miscarriage, stillbirth or other adverse pregnancy outcome
  • circumstances in which a patient is significantly distressed or disturbed and although unable to express the desire for a visit there is reason to believe that a visit from a significant person may relieve distress
  • when there is an exceptionally important life event for the patient
  • when the visitor may not have another opportunity to visit for many months or years etc.
  • when visiting is recommended by their clinical team
  • when a patient expresses a strong sense of need to see someone whether for personal reasons, to make financial or other arrangements to advocate on their behalf
  • when a person nominated by the patient expresses concern that a prolonged absence is causing upset or harm
  • other circumstances in which the judgement of the medical or nursing staff, registered health or social care professional, spiritual advisor or advocate acting for that the patient is that a visit is important for the person’s health or sense of well-being

Visiting to Paediatrics and Neonates is permitted and is facilitated by arrangement with the Clinical Nurse 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

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

Due to the high levels of Covid-19 in the community Regional Hospital Mullingar have curtailed patient visiting on the general wards as a precautionary measure in order to protect the safety of patients and staff to help reduce the spread of infection. This is with exemptions by arrangement with the Ward, since the 12th October 2021 and hospital management would like to thank members of the public for their co-operation and understanding with these arrangements.

Maternity Services

  • Nominated support partner can attend the EPU 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 daily in the Ante-Natal and Post-Natal ward during the following times:

- 10:00am to 1:00pm

- 5:00pm to 8:00pm

  • The rest period for mothers will continue to be in place from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

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 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

Labour & Birth:

Nominated Support Partners are welcome on labour ward regardless of time or reason for admission to the labour ward. Women who are booked for an elective induction of labour are initially admitted to the maternity ward at 19.00hrs and are welcome to attend at this time.

Maternity Ward ( Antenatal & Postnatal):

Nominated Support Partners are welcome from 10:00hours 21:00hours

Women who are booked for an elective induction of labour are initially admitted to the maternity ward at 19.00hrs. Nominated Support Partners are welcome to attend the maternity ward at this time.

SCBU:

Unrestricted access for parents between 09.30am and 21.30pm

  • 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

USS/EPAU

  • 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.

Last updated: 26 November at 14:32pm

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