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Hospital services and visiting restrictions (COVID-19)

Last updated: 16 September 2020 at 5.30pm

There is information on this page for each hospital about:

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

This page will be updated regularly.

Resuming hospital services

Hospital services are now starting back gradually. Hospitals have developed new ways of working to continue to reduce the risk of coronavirus.

Read more about how hospital services are starting back.

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

Read more about virtual clinics.

If you have an upcoming hospital appointment

Some patient’s hospital appointments have changed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Your hospital will phone you if you have an upcoming appointment and it is going ahead. You do not need to take any action. Do not go to hospital unless your appointment is confirmed.

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.

Visiting

We have changed visiting arrangements in hospitals to help protect our patients. See below for restrictions at each hospital.

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 coronavirus (high temperature, cough, shortness of breath or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)

Carlow

St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny

Outpatient Appointments

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

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

Inpatient and day cases have resumed. These appointments are being run at a reduced schedule. We will contact patients about their appointments.

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Maternity Services

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

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

Cavan

Cavan General Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient appointments have recommenced in the form of face-to-face and phone appointments. We are contacting patients about these appointments.

Day and inpatient surgeries

As services resume, we will contact you about your procedure. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your procedure.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

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

Clare

Ennis Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Ennis hospital is gradually re-opening outpatients services for patients who need to attend.

In accordance with national guidelines we continue to work on providing services in a different way, such as virtual clinics or phoning patients where possible.

As services resume, we are contacting patients in relation to their appointments. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your appointment.

You are asked not to attend for your hospital appointment unless we contact you to do so.

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

Day case and inpatient appointments

As services resume, we are contacting patients about their procedures. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your procedure.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor is allowed per patient.

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

Cork

Bantry General Hospital

Outpatient Appointments

Some outpatient appointments have been reduced or rescheduled. Podiatry appointments are going ahead where there is an urgent need.

The Local Injury Unit is running as normal.

Inpatients

The Urgent Endoscopy Theatre is operating 2 days each week with a reduced number of patients.

Visiting restrictions

Strict visiting restrictions are in place. Visiting is reviewed on a case by case basis.

Screening

All patients and visitors will have their temperature taken before they enter the hospital. This is to screen for any risk of COVID-19.

Cork University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Many of our scheduled outpatient appointments have been cancelled or replaced by telephone clinics. If you are to attend an outpatient appointment you will be contacted directly by us. If your appointment has been cancelled it will be rescheduled for another date and time.

Appointments for these services are going ahead as normal:

  • Dialysis
  • Dressing clinic
  • Warfarin clinic
  • Endoscopy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Infusions
  • Radiology
  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • EEG/EMG
  • Cardiology diagnostics
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy

Children's outpatient appointments have stopped. A specialist will call you to discuss your child’s condition.Urgent reviews and assessments are still taking place.

Do not delay contacting your GP if your child is unwell.

Inpatients

CUH has reduced all inpatient and day case activity. We will contact patients about their scheduled surgery.

Visiting restrictions

Strict visiting restrictions are in place. Visiting is reviewed on a case by case basis.

Cork University Maternity Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Only the women attending the appointment are allowed– No partners, children or companions

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

Non-urgent gynaecology appointments and procedures are postponed. Priority cases will continue.

Visiting restrictions

  • Women admitted for induction of labour or in labour can have 1 nominated companion. This companion can only join the patient when she is in labour or called for caesarean section.
  • No visitors are allowed for all other inpatients, including antenatal inpatients and postnatal inpatients
  • One parent only at a time is allowed for patients in the NICU

Screening

Patients must enter the hospital by the main entrance. You will be screened for risk of coronavirus symptoms and your temperature will be taken before you enter the hospital

Mallow General Hospital

Outpatient appointments

We are operating out-patient clinics by telephone and ‘attend in person’ clinics.

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

All appointments are going ahead as normal. You should go to your appointment unless you are told not to.

Visiting restrictions

Strict visiting restrictions are in place. Visiting is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Screening

Patients must enter the hospital through the main entrance. You will be screened for risk of coronavirus symptoms and your temperature will be taken before you enter the hospital.

Mercy University Hospital

Outpatient Appointments

The outpatient department has recommenced a routine service, taking into account infection control and public health guidance. Some patient consultations are now taking place over the phone or as video calls. We are contacting patients with details of their appointment times.

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

Elective and day case procedures have recommenced, taking into account infection control and public health guidance. We are contacting patients with details around their admission for treatment.

Patients are asked not to attend the hospital unless we contact you and give you an appointment.

Visiting restrictions

Strict visiting restrictions remain in place.

Due to ongoing infection control issues, visiting is restricted to patients who are critically ill, have specific care needs, or who are in St. Anne’s Children's Ward.

  • Only 1 permitted visitor per patient is allowable at one time.
  • Children are not allowed to visit.

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

Outpatient Appointments

Some outpatient appointments have been postponed. But urgent cases will still be seen. Phone and online clinics are taking place where possible.

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

All appointments are going ahead as normal. You should go to your appointment unless you are told not to.

Visiting restrictions

Strict visiting restrictions are in place. Visiting is reviewed on a case by case basis.

Donegal

Letterkenny University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

As services resume, we are contacting patients in relation to their appointments. We are letting patients know about the precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed ahead of their appointment.

Day and inpatient surgeries

As services resume, we are contacting patients in relation to their appointments. We are letting patients know about the precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed ahead of their appointment.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life

  • people visiting patients in critical care

Maternity Department

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

  • patients who have experienced pregnancy loss
  • patients in critical care
  • a parent of an infant in the Special Care Baby Unit
  • birthing partners of women in labour may attend. But if a partner has coronavirus symptoms they must not attend. In this instance an alternative birth partner may attend.
  • birthing partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia. This will be subject to screening questions and wearing PPE in the theatre.

From Monday 31 August, a single 2 hour visit by the birth partner (or next of kin, if the partner is not available) will be facilitated on the maternity ward, post-delivery between 8am and 8.30pm. Outside of these times the partner will be allowed a 30 minute visit the following day at an allocated time.

In the event of a hospital stay greater than 48 hours, partners will be offered a 2 hour visit and the scheduled time will be decided after the daily ward round.

Visits by partners will be subject to screening for COVID-19 risk factors and visiting will not be permitted if any risk factors are present.

The Maternity Department visiting policy is under continual review.

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

Dublin

Beaumont Hospital Dublin

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

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

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

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital

Outpatient appointments

All appointments are going ahead as normal. You should go to your appointment unless you are told not to.

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

All appointments are going ahead as normal. You should go to your appointment unless you are told not to.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children

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

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

Only 1 visitor is allowed per patient.

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient appointments have recommenced in the form of face-to-face and phone appointments. We will contact patients about these appointments.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All In-patient and 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.

Children's Health Ireland at Connolly in Blanchardstown

Outpatient appointments

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

Coombe Hospital Dublin

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

Crumlin - Children’s Health Ireland

Outpatient appointments

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

Inpatient surgeries and visiting restrictions

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

Holles St - National Maternity Hospital

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

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

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

Rotunda Maternity Hospital

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

Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital

Outpatient appointments

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only 1 visitor is allowed per patient.

St Columcille’s Loughlinstown

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

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

Virtual clinics are continuing for some appointments.

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

Coming to the hospital

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

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

Injury and Medical Assessment Units

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

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

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

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

St James Hospital Dublin

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

Visiting restrictions

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

In exceptional clinical circumstances, visiting will be facilitated for patients with agreement from the Clinical Nurse Manager on the ward.

St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network

Outpatient appointments, day and inpatient surgeries

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

In-patient visiting is only allowed in exceptional circumstances.

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

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

You can send messages to family and friends in isolation by email hugsfromhome@slh.ie

St Michael’s Hospital Loughlinstown

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

St Vincent’s University Hospital

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

Tallaght - Children’s Health Ireland

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

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

Tallaght University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

We are taking a phased approach to re-opening outpatients to patients who need to attend. In accordance with national guidelines we continue to work on providing services in a different way, such as virtual clinics or phoning patients where possible.

All patients will continue to be contacted by the hospital about their appointments or planned admission. Please do not attend for your hospital appointment unless you are contacted to do so.

Patients are asked not to enter the hospital and outpatients department until their scheduled appointment time. This is to help with social distancing measures.

The oncology day ward has temporarily moved offsite. It is now located on the 5th floor of the Russell Building, Tallaght Cross West.

Day and inpatient surgeries

Urgent cases are proceeding and patients will be contacted directly by the Hospital. In order to limit numbers within the hospital, we ask that only patients attend the hospital where possible.

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.

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

Outpatient appointments

As services resume, we are contacting patients in relation to their appointments. We are letting patients know about the precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed ahead of their appointment.

Day and inpatient surgeries

As services resume, we are contacting patients in relation to their appointments. We are letting patients know about the precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed ahead of their appointment.

Visiting restrictions

One visitor is allowed to visit a patient once a day during visiting times only from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm.

Visitors should contact the relevant ward manager in advance of their visit to agree on this.

Visitors are allowed for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life

  • people visiting patients in critical care

  • parents of children in the paediatric ward

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

Maternity Department

  • Birthing partners of women in labour may attend for the birth.
  • Birthing partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia. This will be subject to screening questions and wearing PPE in the theatre.
  • It is not possible for birthing partners or other visitors to visit the antenatal or postnatal wards.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • Only one parent can visit at a time.
  • Visits are limited to 30 minutes.
  • Parents must wear a face mask in the clinical area.
  • Grandparents/children are not allowed to visit the NICU.
  • Visiting criteria is under constant review.

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

Merlin Park University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

As services resume, we are contacting patients in relation to their appointments. We are letting patients know about the precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed ahead of their appointment.

Day and inpatient surgeries

As services resume, we are contacting patients in relation to their appointments. We are letting patients know about the precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed ahead of their appointment.

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.

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

Portiuncula University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

As services resume, we are contacting patients directly about their appointments. We are letting patients know about the precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed ahead of their appointment.

Diagnostic tests

All non-urgent diagnostic tests are postponed.

As services resume, we are contacting patients directly about their appointments.We will let patients know about the precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed ahead of their appointment.

Portiuncula University Hospital is resuming diagnostic tests on a phased basis.

Day and inpatient surgeries

We have started rescheduling elective surgery.

As non-urgent elective inpatient and day-case surgery resume in the hospital, we will contact patients directly.

We will let you know about the precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed ahead of your appointment.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life
  • people visiting patients in critical care
  • parents of children in the paediatric ward
  • birthing partners of women in labour
  • birthing partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia. This is subject to screening questions and wearing PPE in the theatre

It is not possible for birthing partners or other visitors to visit the antenatal or postnatal wards. This is being reviewed currently.

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

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

Kerry

University Hospital Kerry

Outpatient appointments

We are restarting out-patient clinics on a phased basis. These are being supplemented with virtual clinics and some on-site face to face clinics with appropriate social distancing.

Inpatients

Time critical elective surgeries are proceeding. We are planning a phased re-commencement of elective surgery and day case surgery..

Endoscopy services have recommenced on a phased basis with the most urgent and time critical being seen first.

Visiting restrictions

Strict visiting restrictions in place. Visiting is reviewed on a case by case basis.

Kildare

Naas General Hospital

Outpatient Appointments

Clinics will proceed on a reduced basis according to priority. There will be a mix of physical and virtual clinics.

We will contact patients directly to arrange the appointment. We will ask patients not to enter the hospital and outpatients department until their scheduled appointment time. This allows for physical distancing measures to be implemented.

All non-urgent outpatient appointments have been postponed. We will contact patients directly.

The Oncology Haematology Day Services have temporarily relocated to the Express Centre in Level 2, Vista Primary Care, Naas.

The Warfarin Clinic has temporarily moved to Affidea in Vista Primary Care Centre, Naas.

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

All non-urgent inpatient and day cases have been postponed until further notice. We will contact patients directly.

All urgent cases are proceeding. We will contact patients directly.

We are also recommencing other scheduled care where possible. This will be on a phased basis.

Visiting Restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, families and friends wishing to send personal messages to their loved ones in isolation at Naas General Hospital can now do so via email. Click here for further details.

Kilkenny

St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny

Outpatient Appointments

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

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

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

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Maternity Services

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

Laois

Midlands Hospital Portlaoise

Outpatient Appointments

Outpatient appointments have resumed at the hospital with reduced capacity and in line with national guidelines. Urgent and time critical patients are being prioritised. Pre-screening is in place for all patients coming for appointments. You should wear a mask when coming to the hospital.

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

Inpatient and Day-case services have resumed at the hospital with reduced capacity and in line with national guidelines. Urgent and time critical patients are being prioritised. Pre-screening is in place for all patients coming for appointments. You should wear a mask when coming to the hospital.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Limerick

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

Outpatients appointments

We are gradually re-opening outpatients services for patients who need to attend.

In accordance with national guidelines we continue to work on providing services in a different way, such as virtual clinics or phoning patients where possible.

As services resume, we are contacting patients in relation to their appointments. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your appointment.

You are asked not to attend for your hospital appointment unless we contact you to do so.

Day case and inpatient procedures

As services resume, we are contacting patients about their procedures. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your procedure.

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 one visitor per patient is allowed.

University Hospital Limerick

Outpatient appointments

We are gradually re-opening outpatients services for patients who need to attend.

In accordance with national guidelines we continue to work on providing services in a different way, such as virtual clinics or phoning patients where possible.

As services resume, we are contacting patients in relation to their appointments. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your appointment.

You are asked not to attend for your hospital appointment unless we contact you to do so.

Radiology

Outpatient Radiology

  • Some GP-referred outpatient X-Ray appointments are being facilitated in Croom Orthopaedic Hospital. The walk-in Chest x-ray service in UHL is suspended. Instead we are offering a scheduled service.
  • Non-urgent CT, MRI and ultrasound outpatient imaging has resumed.
  • All non-urgent outpatient and day-case image-guided procedures have resumed

Emergency Dept

Minor injuries presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) at UHL are being temporarily redirected to Injury Units at St John’s Hospital (8am to 7pm), Ennis Hospital (8am to 8pm) and Nenagh Hospital (8am to 8pm). Patients presenting outside of these hours with a minor injury that cannot wait until the following day can still attend ED at UHL.

The UHL Warfarin Clinic is provided at Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons, Mondays to Fridays from 8.30am to 11.00am.

Day case and inpatient procedures

As services resume, we are contacting patients about their procedures. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your procedure.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • people visiting patients who are critically unwell or at end of life
  • people assisting confused patients - for example, patients with dementia

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Visitors to the intensive care unit (ICU) are not allowed under any circumstances.

University Maternity Hospital Limerick

Outpatient appointments

Parentcraft/antenatal class and feeding class are postponed.

These appointments are going ahead:

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

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit is open.

Inpatient appointments

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

Visiting restrictions

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

Children are not allowed to visit the hospital.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

St John’s Hospital

Outpatient appointments

We are gradually re-opening outpatients services for patients who need to attend.

In accordance with national guidelines we continue to work on providing services in a different way, such as virtual clinics or phoning patients where possible.

As services resume, we are contacting patients in relation to their appointments. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your appointment.

You are asked not to attend for your hospital appointment unless we contact you to do so.

Radiology

X-ray services have resumed with social distancing measures in place. There is no walk in chest x-ray service. All patients will receive an appointment.

Non-urgent CT and ultrasound outpatient imaging has resumed. Patients are being contacted in advance

St John’s Hospital Injury Unit has extended its opening hours and is now open every day from 8am to 7pm.

Day case and inpatient procedures

As services resume, we are contacting patients about their procedures. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your procedure.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Louth

Drogheda - Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient appointments have recommenced in the form of face-to-face and phone appointments. We are contacting patients about these appointments.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All in-patient and day-care procedures have recommenced and the Hospital has made contact with these patients

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • labour ward / Midwifery Led Unit – birth partner only. One designated visitor is permitted for 45 minutes only on the postnatal ward. To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, visiting will be allowed on a strict timed basis. We can only allow a maximum of 3 visitors per 6 bedded room at any one time. Visiting times are 6pm to 6:45pm and 7pm to 7:45pm.
  • visiting patients at end of life
  • visiting patients in critical care

Children should not visit the Hospital, even in these cases

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

Louth County Hospital Dundalk

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient appointments have recommenced in the form of face-to-face and phone appointments. We are contacting patients about these appointments.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All In-patient and 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

At all times, we will be following national guidance.

If you have an appointment and do not plan to attend for any reason, please contact us as soon as possible. This is so the time slot can be given to another patient. This means that others will not miss out.

As a general rule, we will contact you directly about your appointment and advised you what to do.

Outpatient appointments

As services resume, we will contact you about your appointment. It is important that you follow our advice on social distancing and hand hygiene before attending the hospital. You will need to sanitise your hand and wear a face mask on entering the hospital and while you are in the hospital.

Diagnostic tests

Self-presentation to the Radiology Department reception is not possible at this time. There are some limited elective appointments for CT, MRI and some interventional radiology procedures. People attending for these appointments will be contacted, screened and given instructions on how to safely present for their appointment.

Some elective appointments for X-Ray and Ultrasound are also being provided at the Castlebar Primary Care Centre (Moneen) and for X-Ray in Ballina District Hospital. Again, appointment staff will tell you how to safety attend for these appointments.

Oncology Day Unit patients

Oncology Day Unit patients will continue to be contacted the day before their appointment. You will be asked some questions on coronavirus as a screening process. Oncology patients should attend appointments in the unit on their own. This is to avoid overcrowding in the department. Oncology patients should enter the hospital at the old 1940s entrance opposite the TF Theatre when attending the appointment.

Cardiac investigations

There are limited elective appointments for ECHO, exercise stress tests, pacemaker and Holter monitors. Services are starting with the most urgent patients. We are contacting patients ahead of your appointments,. You will be asked some questions on coronavirus as a screening process. You will also be given instructions on how to safely present for your appointment.

Pulmonary function and sleep laboratory

The lab will contact you directly. Before you attend the hospital,you will be asked some questions on coronavirus as a screening process. You will also be given instructions on how to safely present for your appointment.

Physiotherapy outpatient appointments

Physiotherapy services are resuming. We will contact you directly and tell you where to attend for your appointment. Some physiotherapy appointments are being scheduled in the Primary Care Centre, Moneen. You will be contracted, screened and given instructions on how to safely present for your appointment.

You will need to sanitise your hand and wear a face mask on entering for a physiotherapy appointment and for the duration of the appointment.

Day and inpatient surgeries

Elective procedures (surgical and orthopaedic)

As services resume, we will contact you directly about your appointment. You will be asked to cocoon and/or social distance for 2 weeks before your appointment. This information will be in your appointment letter.

We will need to take a swab from you to check for coronavirus. We will do this 2 days before you're admitted to hospital. We will contact you with the result. If the operation proceeds, you will need to sanatise your hands and wear a mask before checking in at the main reception.

Day surgeries

Urgent and time-critical surgeries are continuing in private hospitals where applicable. Patients are being advised directly by the hospital.

As day case surgery resumes in the hospital, we will contact you directly about your appointment.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Families of patients who are receiving end of life care should discuss access with the ward manager to ensure suitable arrangements are in place.

Do not visit the hospital if you have:

  • been deemed a close contact of a positive case of coronavirus
  • been in contact with any person who is suffering from the symptoms or signs of coronavirus
  • been in contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days.

Maternity department

There are restrictions to visiting the department:

  • Partners are allowed to attend with mothers in labour, but they must leave the Maternity department when the mother is transferred to the Maternity ward.
  • The partner or nominated person may have 1 hour visit per day to the antenatal and postnatal area.
  • Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU ) - If baby is still in the unit and mother has been discharged she is asked to cocoon and is allowed 1 visit per day to perform care. 1 visit daily by parents individually, not as a couple.

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

Meath

Navan - Our Lady’s Hospital

Outpatient appointments

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

Day and inpatient surgeries

Inpatient and day cases have resumed at a reduced schedule. We will contact patients about their appointments.

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Monaghan

Monaghan Hospital

Outpatient appointments

All outpatient appointments have been postponed until further notice.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All in-patient and day-care procedures have been postponed until further notice. The hospital will contact you directly by phone if you are still required to attend for your urgent procedure/appointment. We will be in touch with patients to reschedule.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • patients at end of life

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

Offaly

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

Outpatient appointments

Outpatients services in have resumed with reduced capacity.

Oncology/Haematology services have resumed at Tullamore Hospital.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All inpatient and day cases have resumed with reduced capacity.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Roscommon

Roscommon University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

As services resume, patients are being contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your appointment.

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

As services resume, patients are being contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your procedure.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

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

Sligo

Sligo University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

As services resume, patients are being contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your appointment.

All specialties have resumed with reduced capacity and with virtual and face-to-face consultations.

GUM Clinic resumes on 10 August for urgent consultations only. This clinic will have reduced capacity.

Medical services

Medical services have resumed. The Acute Assessment Unit has resumed with booked attendance only.

Radiology

Radiology services have resumed with some reduced capacity with gradual resumption.

Cardiac services

Cardiac Rehab has resumed in the community. Cardiac Investigations and community diagnostics continue.

Antenatal appointments and ultrasound scans

Partners are currently not permitted to attend routine antenatal appointments or ultrasound scans. This change was implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our mothers, babies, healthcare staff and the wider community.

Day and inpatient surgeries

As services resume, patients are being contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your procedure.

Orthopaedic surgery has resumed with normal service. General surgery, ENT, ophthalmics, urology and gynaecology have resumed with reduced capacity.

Endoscopy services have resumed with reduced capacity.

Day services have resumed with reduced capacity.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life

  • people visiting patients in critical care

  • Mothers of babies who are in NICU can visit their babies. Fathers of babies who are in NICU are permitted to visit for 15 minutes once a day.

  • parents of children in the paediatric ward

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Department

  • SUH allows birthing partners to be present as support to the woman in the labour ward for the duration of the labour and for a time after the birth of the baby.
  • Birthing partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia, subject to screening questions and wearing PPE (surgical mask and gown) in the theatre.
  • It is not possible for birthing partners or other visitors to visit the antenatal or postnatal wards.
  • In the event of a birth by emergency or elective caesarean section, an instrumental delivery in theatre or for women who are admitted to the ICU post-delivery, a single visit on the postnatal ward is allowed. This visit is for 30 minutes only and must take place between the hours of 8am and 8.30pm. Outside of these times, the partner will be given an allocated time to visit the next day. A visitor pass will be given to the partner and the time recorded in the visitors’ diary.
  • In the event of a prolonged stay in hospital (greater than 48 hours), partners will be offered a single 30 minute visit. This will be decided during the daily ward round and the visitor pass must be signed off by a consultant.

Prior to arrival for visiting the partner will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19.

Partners will be required to ensure good hand hygiene and must wear a face mask for the duration of a visit.

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

Tipperary

Nenagh Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Nenagh Hospital is gradually re-opening outpatients services for patients who need to attend.

In accordance with national guidelines we continue to work on providing services in a different way, such as virtual clinics or phoning patients where possible.

As services resume, we are contacting patients in relation to their appointments. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your appointment.

You are asked not to attend for your hospital appointment unless we contact you to do so.

Radiology

Nenagh radiology outpatient appointments are being scheduled. We will contact you to confirm your appointment. You will have to have a Covid-19 risk assessment before your appointment.

X-ray services are operational on an appointment only service.

There is no walk in chest x-ray service. We will contact you with an appointment.

Urgent CT and Ultrasound scans are being performed. Non-urgent scans are being deferred.

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

Day case and inpatient procedures

As services resume, we are contacting patients about their procedures. We will let you know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures needed before your procedure.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

South Tipperary General Hospital

Outpatient appointments

  • Patient numbers in the Outpatients Department are reduced to ensure social distancing within the department. All patients will be issued with timed appointments – door marshal in place to ensure social distancing is maintained within the department. Please bring your appointment letter with you as admittance without relevant appointment letter and correspondence from the hospital will not be possible.
  • Antenatal Outpatients Department is operating

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

  • Endoscopy list commenced 12th May 2020 for time critical and priority cases.
  • Day Ward re-opened on 25th May on a phased basis returning to a 5 day service. Patients will receive a telephone pre-assessment before being sent for swabbing prior to procedure.
  • Gynae time critical surgeries in progress.
  • Theatre /Endoscopy cases will be increasing incrementally each week.

Unscheduled care

  • Emergency Department is operational 24 hours a day

Visiting restrictions

Visiting is only allowed in exceptional circumstances such as:

  • End of Life
  • Critically ill patient
  • Only one Parent at a time is allowed to visit children in the Paediatric Unit

Maternity service

  • Women admitted for induction of labour or in labour can have one nominated companion. This companion can only join the patient when she is in labour or called for caesarean section.
  • For all other inpatients, including Antenatal inpatients and Postnatal inpatients: No visitors allowed
  • For babies in the SCBU: Mother only
  • For Outpatients: Only the women attending the appointment – No partners, children or companions

Waterford

University Hospital Waterford

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient appointments have recommenced. We will contact patients and rescheduled appointments as soon as possible.

Day case and inpatient procedures

Inpatient activity has recommenced. We will contact patients and rescheduled appointments as soon as possible.

Visiting restrictions

Strict visiting restrictions are in place to support infection prevention and control measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Only the following persons will be allowed to access the hospital:

  • Patients who are receiving End of Life Care will be allowed 1 visitor.
  • Women admitted for induction labour or in labour can have 1 nominated partner present. This person can only join the patient when she is in labour or called for Caesarean Section.
  • Patients with complex care needs who are determined by the nursing and medical teams to need family presence. These patients may be allowed 1 visitor. this must be approved by the senior nursing and medical staff.

All visitors must be prearranged with ward staff. Security staff will have an up-to-date daily list of approved visitors. You will need to go to security staff at the main entrance, unless you are told otherwise.

A member of staff will meet you at the entrance to the ward and will escort you to your loved one’s room.

Face masks must be worn in clinical areas in the hospital and also at the request of hospital staff

Please make sure to clean you hands using alcohol hand gel:

  • on entering and exiting the hospital
  • on entering and exiting the ward
  • before and after being with the patient you have visited

Westmeath

Regional Hospital Mullingar

Outpatient appointments

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

Day case and inpatient procedures

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

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Services

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

Wexford

Wexford General Hospital

Outpatient appointments

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

Day and inpatient surgeries

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

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Services

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

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