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Hospital services and visiting restrictions during COVID-19

There is information on this page for each hospital about:

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

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

Visiting

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

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

Hospital appointments

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

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

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

Read more about how hospital services are starting back.

Attending appointments

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

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

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

Face coverings and masks

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

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

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

Virtual clinics

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

Read more about virtual clinics.

COVID-19 hospital outbreaks

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

Outbreaks can affect:

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

Read up-to-date information on your hospital.

Protecting yourself during an outbreak

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

To protect yourself from getting the virus or spreading it:

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

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

It’s OK to remind staff to:

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

Hospital measures to protect you

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

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

Read about what happens during a COVID-19 test

Get medical help if you need it

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

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

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

Appointments and visiting restrictions by county

Carlow

St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny

Outpatient appointments

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

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

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.

Injury Unit

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

Medical Assessment Unit

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

Day case and inpatient appointments

As services resume at Ennis Hospital, we are contacting patients about their procedures. We will let patients know about precautions, pre-screening and other measures that are required before their procedures

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

Patients are contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients are advised directly about precautions, pre-screening and other measures required ahead of their appointment.

Day and inpatient surgeries

Patients are contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients are advised directly about precautions, pre-screening and other measures required 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.

A single two 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 kept under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

Dublin

Beaumont Hospital Dublin

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

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

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

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital

Outpatient appointments

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

Visiting restrictions are in place at St James’s Hospital for the safety of our patients, staff and community to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 infection. This means that the hospital is closed to all visitors, except in exceptional clinical circumstances, where very limited visiting may be arranged by prior agreement with the nurse in charge on the ward. For further information, please visit http://www.stjames.ie/patients/visiting/

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)

St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network

Outpatient appointments, day and inpatient surgeries

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

Visiting restrictions

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

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

In-patient visiting is only allowed in exceptional circumstances.

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

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

St Michael’s Hospital Loughlinstown

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

St Vincent’s University Hospital

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

Tallaght - Children’s Health Ireland

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

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

Tallaght University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient appointments continue at the Hospital, 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. If you have an appointment and are unable to attend please call the telephone number on your appointment letter so we can offer another patient your appointment slot.

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.

Please do not to enter the hospital and outpatients department until 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This is to help with social distancing measures.

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 and you wear a mask at all times.

Visiting restrictions

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

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

Children should not visit the Hospital, even in these cases

Temple Street - Children’s Hospital Ireland

Outpatient appointments

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

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

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

Galway

University Hospital Galway

Outpatient appointments

Patients are contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients are advised directly about precautions, pre-screening and other measures required ahead of their appointment.

We ask that patients attend on their own where possible as this helps us manage social distancing by keeping the numbers of patients in the department to a minimum. Children attending must be accompanied by one adult. Patients should also wear a face covering.

Day and inpatient surgeries

Patients are contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients are advised directly about precautions, pre-screening and other measures required 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
  • parents of children in the paediatric ward (one parent or guardian at a time)
  • Individual visiting requests on compassionate grounds which are arranged through the ward manager.

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Department

  • Birthing partners of women in labour may attend for the birth.
  • Birthing partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia. This will be subject to screening questions and wearing PPE in the theatre.
  • Partners are allowed to only visit on all wards from 6pm to 7pm. This is subject to screening questions and wearing a face mask in the ward area.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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

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

Merlin Park University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Patients are contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients are advised directly about precautions, pre-screening and other measures required ahead of their appointment.

We ask that patients attend on their own where possible as this helps us manage social distancing by keeping the numbers of patients in the department to a minimum. Children attending must be accompanied by one adult. Patients should also wear a face covering.

Day and inpatient surgeries

Patients are contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients are advised directly about precautions, pre-screening and other measures required 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

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

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

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

Portiuncula University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Patients are contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients are advised directly about precautions, pre-screening and other measures required ahead of their appointment.

Diagnostic tests

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.

Day and inpatient surgeries

Patients are contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients are advised directly about precautions, pre-screening and other measures required 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
  • parents of children in the paediatric ward

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.

Maternity Department

Visits are allowed for:

  • 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.

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

Partner will be permitted to visit for 15 minutes daily from Monday 14 September. Visiting times will be from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Only 2 visitors may visit a large ward and 1 visitor if it is a smaller ward. All visitors must adhere to strict hand hygiene and wear a mask.

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

Partners will be permitted to visit for 15 minutes daily from Monday, 14 September. Visiting times will be from 3.00pm to 7.00 pm.

From Monday 14 September, partners will be facilitated to attend for a 15 minute social visit daily from 3-7 pm. One visitor in the unit at a time. One parent per cot.

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

Outpatient appointments are paused for a 2 week period. All patients are being contacted directly by the Hospital.

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

Elective surgery and endoscopy are paused for a 2 week period. All patients are being contacted directly by the Hospital

Visiting Restrictions

Visiting to Hospitals is not permitted, except for compassionate grounds. Do not attend a hospital or any health care facility if you have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection. Please contact your GP by phone for advice if you have any concerns.

Kilkenny

St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny

Outpatient Appointments

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

Outpatients clinics are proceeding with some appointments taking place in person at the hospital and others virtually by telephone.

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

You should attend no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This is to ensure safe social distancing.

You will need to have a temperature and symptom check in order to attend the hospital.

You will need to wear a face mask while inside the hospital.

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

Inpatient and Day-case surgery continues at reduced capacity. Pre-screening is in place for all patients coming for appointments.

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

You should wear a mask when coming to the hospital.

Visiting restrictions

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

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Limerick

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

Outpatients appointments

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 outpatient 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 have resumed.
  • All non-urgent outpatient and day-case image-guided procedures have resumed

Emergency Department and Minor Injuries

The Emergency Department remains open 24/7 for emergency care.

Minor injuries are being diverted 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 that cannot wait until the following day can still attend ED at UHL.

Day case and inpatient procedures

As services resume at University Hospital Limerick, 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 have 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 / postnatal ward – birth partner only.
  • visiting patients at end of life
  • visiting patients in critical care

Children should not visit the Hospital, even in these cases

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

Louth County Hospital Dundalk

Outpatient appointments

Outpatient 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 advise 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 sanitise 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 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.

Maternity department

There are restrictions on 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 from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

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

Meath

Navan - Our Lady’s Hospital

Outpatient appointments

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 face to face outpatient appointments and phone appointments have recommenced. Patients have been contacted about this.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All in-patient and day-care procedures have recommenced. The hospital has contacted 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

Outpatient appointments

Outpatients clinics are proceeding with some appointments facilitated in person at the hospital and other appointments are undertaken virtually by telephone

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

Patients are being asked to attend no more than 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time. This is to ensure safe social distancing.

A mandatory temperature and symptom check is required in order to attend the hospital.

There is a requirement for all attending to wear a face mask while inside the hospital.

Day case and inpatient surgeries

All inpatient and day case surgery continues at reduced capacity with pre-screening prior to all appointments.

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

Visiting restrictions

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

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • 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

Patients are contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients are advised directly about precautions, pre-screening and other measures required ahead of their appointment.

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

Patients are contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients are advised directly about precautions, pre-screening and other measures required ahead of their appointment.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

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

Sligo

Sligo University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Patients are contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients are advised directly about precautions, pre-screening and other measures required ahead of their appointment.

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

GUM Clinic has resumed 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

Patients are contacted directly by the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients are advised directly about precautions, pre-screening and other measures required ahead of their appointment.

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

  • 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.
  • Visits to the maternity ward are not permitted except for women post LSCS who may visit for 30 minutes and those who have been inpatients longer than 48 hours.

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 kept review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.

Neonatal Unit

  • Mothers are permitted unrestricted visiting. A partner or identified support person is permitted a 15 minute visit once daily.

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

Last updated: 28th November 2020 at 6.30pm

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