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Hospital services and visiting restrictions during COVID-19

There is information on this page for each hospital about:

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

Visiting

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

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

Hospital appointments

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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

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Carlow

St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny

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

Cavan

Cavan General Hospital

Outpatient appointments

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

Day and inpatient surgeries

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Clare

Ennis Hospital

Inpatient, outpatient and day case appointments

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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.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors to Ennis Hospital are not allowed except for:

  • parents whose children are either having procedures or attending our Local Injury Unit
  • 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

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

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

Cork University Hospital

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

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Cork University Maternity Hospital

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

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

The birthing partner will be able to attend:

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

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

Visiting restrictions

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

Mallow General Hospital

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

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

Mercy University Hospital

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

Outpatient clinics

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

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

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

Inpatients/day case

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

Visiting restrictions

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed at one time.

Children are not allowed to visit.

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

Do not visit the hospital if you have symptoms of COVID-19. You should contact your GP instead.

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

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

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Donegal

Letterkenny University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

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

Visiting

We are facilitating one visitor per inpatient each day, by appointment.

Appointments will be staggered across all ward areas each day at 6.30pm, 7.15pm and 8pm.

Each patient can have two named visitors. However, only one person can visit at any given time and only one visit for each patient can be facilitated per day. Each visit can last up to 30 minutes.

To schedule a visit, the family member/visitor should contact the relevant ward before 3pm and give their name and telephone number for contact tracing purposes and to answer COVID-19 screening questions.

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

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

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

We are grateful to the public for their co-operation in ensuring we can resume visiting in a safe manner to protect our patients and visitors. For this reason we will not be resuming routine visits for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

Maternity department

Birthing partners

  • Birthing partners of women in labour are welcome to attend.
  • Partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia.

Partners will be subject to screening questions and wearing PPE. To ensure the safety of patients and staff, if a partner has any COVID-19 symptoms they will not be permitted to attend the maternity department.

Ultrasound 2nd Trimester Scan

Partner / support person may attend the dating scan and anomaly (20 week) scan.

Neonatal Unit

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

Visitors

Partners may visit the ward for a 30-minute visit daily after the baby is born. This visit must be arranged with the ward manager.

The maternity department visiting policy is under continual review.

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

Dublin

Beaumont Hospital Dublin

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

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

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

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital

Outpatient appointments

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

Day and inpatient surgeries

Virtual clinics and surgical procedures are continuing as scheduled.

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children

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

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

Only 1 visitor is allowed per patient.

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown

Outpatient appointments

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

Day case and inpatient surgeries

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Children's Health Ireland at Connolly in Blanchardstown

Outpatient appointments

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

Coombe Hospital Dublin

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

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

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

Crumlin - Children’s Health Ireland

Outpatient appointments

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

Inpatient surgeries and visiting restrictions

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

Holles St - National Maternity Hospital

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

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

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

Rotunda Maternity Hospital

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

Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital

Outpatient appointments

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only 1 visitor is allowed per patient.

St Columcille’s Loughlinstown

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

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

Virtual clinics are continuing for some appointments.

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

Coming to the hospital

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

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

Injury and Medical Assessment Units

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

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

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

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for

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

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

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

St James Hospital Dublin

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

Visiting restrictions

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

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

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

St Luke's Radiation Oncology Network

Outpatient appointments, day and inpatient surgeries

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

Visiting restrictions

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

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

In-patient visiting is only allowed in exceptional circumstances.

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

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

St Michael’s Hospital Loughlinstown

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

St Vincent’s University Hospital

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

Tallaght - Children’s Health Ireland

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

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

Tallaght University Hospital

Outpatient appointments

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

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

Day and inpatient surgeries

For more information visit www.TUH.ie

Visiting restrictions

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

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

Children should not visit the Hospital, even in these cases

Temple Street - Children’s Hospital Ireland

Outpatient appointments

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

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

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

Galway

University Hospital Galway

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

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

Visiting restrictions

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

Visits are from 2pm to 3pm or 7pm to 8pm each day and limited to 1 visit for each patient a day.

Children should not visit the hospital.

Maternity Department

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

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

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

In line with recent national guidance on visiting (published on hpsc.ie), we are facilitating the following access for birthing partners/parents
  • Birthing partners of women in labour are welcome to attend for the birth and partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia, subject to screening questions and wearing PPE (surgical mask and gown) in the theatre.
  • Partners may visit St Catherine’s Ward and St Angela’s Ward - between 8am and 9pm. This is subject to screening questions and wearing a face mask in the ward area.
  • A partner or support person may attend for all scans, including EPAU.
  • Partners can attend the High Risk Antenatal Clinic.

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

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

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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

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

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

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

Merlin Park University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

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

Visiting restrictions

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

Visits are from 2pm to 3pm or 7pm to 8pm each day and limited to 1 visit for each patient a day.

Children should not visit the hospital.

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

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

Portiuncula University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

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

Visiting restrictions

Patients can have 1 visitor each day for up to 20 minutes.

Visitors have to follow public health guidance. This includes wearing a face mask and washing their hands regularly during their visit to the hospital.

To schedule a visit, phone the relevant ward between 11am and 12:30pm, Monday to Friday. Weekend visiting must be arranged on Friday morning.

Visitors should arrive 5 to 10 minutes before their appointed time. You should enter the hospital through the Emergency Department. Staff will check that you are on the approved visiting list. You'll also be asked some COVID-19 screening questions.

Your appointment is for visiting only. Appointments to speak with the doctor must be made through their secretary.

Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to visit. Visiting on critical and compassionate grounds will continue to be facilitated. But it's up to the staff in charge.

Maternity Department

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

  • A birthing partner is welcome to attend for support in labour
  • A birthing partner is welcome to attend for caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia
  • Partners welcome from 6pm to 8pm in the maternity (antenatal/postnatal) ward

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

Fetal assessment unit

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

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

Partners are welcome for a daily visit to the SCBU for one hour. One visitor allowed in the unit at a time. One parent per cot.

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

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

Kerry

University Hospital Kerry

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

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

Visiting restrictions

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

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

Visiting is limited to 1 person at the time.

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

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

Maternity Department

The birthing partner will be able to attend:

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

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

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

Kildare

Naas General Hospital

Outpatient Appointments

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

Day and Inpatient Surgeries

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

Visiting Restrictions

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

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

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

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

Kilkenny

St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny

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

Laois

Midlands Hospital Portlaoise

Outpatient Appointments

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

Day case and inpatient surgeries

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

Visiting restrictions

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

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

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

Maternity Services

  • Partners can attend for the anatomy scan and the booking scan.
  • Partners can attend the birth once the woman is admitted to the delivery suite in labour. Partners can stay for the birth of the baby and up to 1 hour on the postnatal ward. This includes the induction of birth in the delivery suite.
  • Partners can be in theatre at Caesarean Section for the birth of the baby.
  • We have reintroduced scheduled visiting to the maternity ward for ante natal and postnatal women, which is arranged by appointment - generally this visit is scheduled for up to 1 hour.
  • Scheduled visiting is allowed in the special care baby unit.

The Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise are managing access and visiting to the maternity services in accordance with the national guidance.

Arrangements will be kept under constant review and in the full consideration of the safety of the women and families attending our services.

Limerick

Croom Orthopaedic Hospital

Inpatient, outpatient and day case appointments

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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

Inpatient, outpatient and day case appointments

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Emergency Department and Minor Injuries

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

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

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

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.

University Maternity Hospital Limerick

Inpatient, outpatient and day case appointments

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Visiting restrictions

UMHL is continuing with a gradual relaxation of a number of COVID-19 restrictions on access to the hospital, including:

  • Attendance of nominated partners for appointments in the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit
  • Attendance of nominated partners for anomaly scans
  • Visits of fathers/parents of babies in the neonatal unit, 4.30pm-6.30pm
  • 45-minute visiting slots on postnatal wards (M1 and M2), 6pm-8pm daily, for nominated partners, including on day of delivery.
  • 45-minute visiting slots on ante-natal ward (M3), 6pm-9pm daily, for nominated partners

We continue to facilitate visiting on compassionate grounds, and to support birthing partners in attending the labour ward and theatre. All other access visiting restrictions remain under review.

Children are not allowed to visit the hospital.

Do not visit the hospital if you have symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature, cough or shortness of breath).

St John’s Hospital

Inpatient, outpatient and day case appointments

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Injury Unit

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

Medical Assessment Unit

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except in special, approved circumstances.

Do not visit the hospital if you have symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature, cough or shortness of breath).

Louth

Drogheda - Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

Outpatient appointments

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

Day case and inpatient surgeries

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents visiting children
  • anomaly scanning, 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

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

Day case and inpatient surgeries

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

Children should not visit the hospital, even in these cases

Mayo

Mayo University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

As services resume, patients will receive correspondence directly from the hospital in relation to their appointments. Patients will be advised regarding any precautions, pre-screening and other measures required ahead of their appointment.

Visiting

Visits to patients in the ward areas are by appointment.

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

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed at a time. Visits last 30 minutes.

Appointments will be staggered each day from 2pm to 4pm.

Maternity department

  • Partners are allowed to attend with mothers in labour and may remain for one hour after the mother is transferred to the maternity ward.
  • Partners of women who have given birth by emergency or elective caesarean section, or instrumental delivery in theatre will be permitted to remain with their baby in the maternity ward for one hour after their partner returns from theatre.
  • Partners may visit the maternity ward between 9am and 9pm.

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

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

Antenatal Outpatient Appointments

At the present time women are asked not to bring an accompanying person into the clinic building with them on routine antenatal visits.

Ultrasound Scan Appointments

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

Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

  • Open visiting for mothers. Partners are permitted to visit daily.
  • To facilitate social distancing within the unit, only one parent may visit at a time.
  • All visitors must adhere to COVID-19 guidance.

COVID-19 Risk Factors

Visitors should not attend if they are suffering from any symptoms or signs of COVID-19, if they have been deemed a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19, if they have been in contact with any person who is suffering from the symptoms or signs of COVID-19, or if they themselves have tested positive in the last 10 days.

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

Meath

Navan - Our Lady’s Hospital

Outpatient appointments

Virtual clinics are ongoing and face to face appointments continue for urgent patients only across all disciplines.

Day and inpatient surgeries

Elective services have resumed across all services - Orthopaedics Day Case and In-patient, General Day Surgery and Endoscopy.

Visiting restrictions

Visiting restrictions remain in place. Visitors are not allowed to the hospital except for patients at end of life / palliative care or if there are exceptional circumstances which are reviewed on a case by cases basis. Visiting must always be pre-authorised by the Ward Manager.

Monaghan

Monaghan Hospital

Outpatient appointments

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

Day case and inpatient surgeries

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • people visiting patients at end of life.

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

Offaly

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

Outpatient appointments

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

Day case and inpatient surgeries

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

Visiting restrictions

Visits need to be pre-arranged.

Contact the ward or unit in advance.to make an appointment if you want to visit a patient in a ward area. Critical and compassionate circumstances continue to be accommodated on an individual basis.

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

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

Roscommon

Roscommon University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

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

Endoscopy services

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

Visiting restrictions

Visiting to the hospital is by scheduled appointment only. To ensure safe social distancing a limited number of visitors can be facilitated in each ward at any one time.

Times will be allocated for visiting on a first come, first choice basis.

Each visit will last 15 minutes and is to one named patient only.

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

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

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

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

Sligo

Sligo University Hospital

Inpatient, day case procedures and outpatient appointments

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

Radiology Department

Most radiology services have resumed.

However, walk-in GP services have not resumed. GP referrals for chest x-ray should be sent to the Radiology Department.

Visiting

Visiting times are from 6pm to 8pm each day.

Only one visit per patient per day can be facilitated.

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

Where possible, approved visitors will have received a COVID-19 vaccination, in order to minimise the risk to patients.

Visitors will need to complete a screening checklist regarding COVID-19, prior to visiting the hospital.

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

Visitors must continue to follow all the public health guidance, including wearing a face mask and performing good hand hygiene regularly, during a visit to the hospital.

Maternity Department

In line with recent national guidance on visiting (published on hpsc.ie), we are facilitating the following access for birthing partners/parents:
  • Birth partners can attend for the induction of labour and assessments for early labour
  • Birth partners are welcome for the duration of the labour, delivery and post-natally while in delivery suite
  • Birth partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia, subject to screening questions and wearing PPE (surgical mask and gown) in the theatre.
  • In the maternity ward partners/support person are permitted for a 1 hour daily visit. But this will be reviewed with a view to increasing visiting time as soon as it is safe to do so.

In order to maintain safe social distancing, appointments may need to be scheduled or a visitor may need to wait in a separate area, depending on maternity ward activity levels on any given day.

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

Risk assessments will be carried out on all partners/ support person.

Antenatal Clinics

Due to social distancing requirements we cannot facilitate partners at antenatal appointments at present, however consideration will be given to high risk cases.

USS scanning

A partner or support person may attend all pregnancy ultrasound scans including EPAU

Neonatal Unit

  • Unrestricted visiting for parents between 8.30am and 7.30pm

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

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

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

Tipperary

Nenagh Hospital

Inpatient, outpatient and day case appointments

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Injury unit

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

Medical assessment unit

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

  • parents whose children are having procedures or attending our Local Injury Unit
  • 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.

Do not visit the hospital if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough or shortness of breath).

South Tipperary General Hospital

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

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Department

The birthing partner will be able to :

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

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

Waterford

University Hospital Waterford

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

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only one visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Department

The birthing partner will be able to attend:

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

Westmeath

Regional Hospital Mullingar

Outpatient appointments

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

Day case and inpatient procedures

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

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are allowed with the following restrictions:

  • 1 visitor at a time
  • visits can last up to 30 minutes
  • a patient can have 2 visits over a 7 day inpatient period
  • visitors must complete a health questionnaire when they arrive at the hospital

You must book visits in advance for the surgical and medical wards. Call 044 934 6626 between 2pm and 4pm. The phone line is open 7 days a week.

Visiting times are between 6:30pm and 8:00pm.

Maternity Services

Birth partners can attend the 20 week scan.

Birth partners or a nominated person can be with the mother through labour, birth or caesarean section.

Birth partners may visit from 7pm to 8pm, daily.

Wexford

Wexford General Hospital

Outpatient appointments

  • All OPD services have resumed at Wexford General Hospital
  • Cardiac Diagnostics has restricted access for inpatients only
  • Endoscopy access remains restricted
  • Theatre access is reduced at 80% capacity

Day and inpatient surgeries

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

Visiting restrictions

Visitors are not allowed except for:

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

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

Only 1 visitor per patient is allowed.

Maternity Services

  • Birth partners can attend the 20 week scan
  • Birth partners can be with the mother through labour and birth. This applies to mothers having a spontaneous or induced labour.
  • Birth partners can have a 30 minute daily visit. All visits must be arranged with Midwifery staff in advance.

Last updated: 27 July at 5.15pm

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