Hospital Group: Saolta Hospital Group
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Visiting times are:
Limited visits in outbreak wards
Our hospitals are dealing many cases of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, flu, RSV. If the hospital is managing an infectious outbreak on a ward then access to visitors will be limited to protect patients and visitors.
Access for visitors to patients in outbreak wards is limited to one family member or nominated support person per day and these visits must be pre-arranged by contacting the relevant ward or unit in advance.
Children may not visit the hospital unless agreed in advance, on compassionate grounds, with the ward or unit manager
Anyone coming to the hospital must complete a COVID-19 screening checklist and follow public health guidance, including wearing a surgical face mask and performing good hand hygiene regularly.
Do not visit the hospital if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, cough, shortness of breath, or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).
The current visiting restrictions are kept under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations.
As a maternity department, we aim to empower each woman to have a positive labour and birth experience and to enable each woman to have the support of a nominated support partner of their choice throughout the process of labour and birth.
We endeavour to ensure nominated support partners are with women during every stage of their labour, including induction of labour and birth.
Due to COVID-19, safety within the department is being continuously reviewed with regard to local infrastructure, activity within the department and the necessity at all times to maintain social distancing.
In line with recent national guidance, we are facilitating the following access for birthing partners/parents
- Nominated support partner of women in labour are welcome to attend for the birth and nominated support partner can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia, subject to screening questions and wearing PPE (surgical mask and gown) in the theatre.
- Nominated support partner access is possible between 8am and 9pm, apart from clinical activities including ward rounds.
- Nominated support partner will be facilitated between 9pm and 8am if delivery is anticipated or due to distressing circumstances
- This is subject to screening questions and wearing a face mask in the ward area.
- A nominated support partner may attend for all scans, including EPAU.
- A nominated support partner can attend the High Risk Antenatal Clinic
For all other clinics, please discuss nominated support partner access with the Clinical Midwifery Manager prior to attending the appointment. This is due to the need to monitor capacity within the clinics and maintain social distancing.
For routine antenatal clinics please discuss nominated support partner access with the Clinical Midwifery manager before attending the appointment. This is due to the need to monitor capacity within the clinics and maintain social distancing.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Parents of an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit may visit, 1 parent at a time. Parents must wear a face mask in the clinical area. Grandparents and children are not allowed to visit the NICU.
If a nominated support partner has COVID-19 symptoms, is awaiting a COVID-19 test or test result, or has had a positive test within the last 14 days, they must not come to the hospital. But an alternative nominated support partner may attend. Nominated support partners must wear a face mask at all times, maintain social distancing and use hand gel to clean their hands regularly.
Patient Advocacy Liaison Service (PALS)
Contact details Patient Advocacy Liaison Services, University Hospital Galway
Phone: 091 524 222
All our hospitals are smoke-free campuses. Smoking is not allowed throughout the hospital and the hospital grounds.
Supports available to give up smoking
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