Visiting Guidelines

What to do if you have a positive antigen or PCR test for COVID19

If you have a positive antigen or PCR test for COVID19, please answer the following questions:

Are you currently a smoker?
Are you 35 years or older?
Obesity (BMI greater than 30kg/m2)
Is this your 3rd baby AFTER 24 weeks (i.e. 24/40 or greater)?
Do you have a 1st degree relative with history of venous thromboembolism (DVT/PE)?
Assisted conception except for sole use of clomiphene
Is this a multiple pregnancy?

Having Covid19 is a risk factor in pregnancy. If you answer ‘YES’ to THREE or more of the above questions, please call the hospital on 01 637 3100 and ask to be put through to the Emergency Department for further assessment. (Please see FAQs at the bottom of this page for further information.)

If you answer YES to less than THREE of the above questions, please rest and isolate at home. When you are at your next scheduled appointment, please inform your healthcare professional that you had COVID19 giving the dates you experienced it.

If you need to attend the hospital or if you are in labour during your 10 day isolation period, please do not worry. Please call 01 637 3100 in advance of coming in and ask to be put through to the Emergency Department, so that we can put a safe care pathway in place for you.

All other visitors (including children), except for nominated support partners, are asked NOT TO VISIT at this time. We understand these are difficult asks for parents and families. Please be assured that your health and the health of your baby are our priority.


Visiting the Hospital

At The National Maternity Hospital, our vision is to ensure that your time with us is as safe and comfortable as possible. 

In light of the recent decline in COVID19 numbers in the hospital, we have amended our visiting guidelines as follows:

A nominated support partner is welcome to attend all your appointments.

Waiting times may vary, we ask for your continued patience, support and cooperation.

Please note, no children are permitted in the hospital at this time.

On compassionate grounds and on an individual basis, exceptions to these guidelines will be facilitated.

Please ask your nominated support partner to wear a medical grade or surgical mask at all times while within the hospital. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Inpatients (antenatal, postnatal and gynaecological wards)

Visiting is unrestricted to a nominated support partner between the hours of 8am – 9pm Monday to Sunday.*

For women in labour (including delivery suite, caesarean sections and induction).

Visiting is unrestricted to a nominated support partner once you have been admitted to a bed.*

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Visiting is unrestricted to parents of babies in our neonatal unit.

* Please note, your nominated support partner may be asked to temporarily leave for operational reasons/mealtimes.

Visiting advice for nominated support partners: 

We welcome your nominated support partner to visit you and your new baby/babies each day under the following guidelines:

  • We ask nominated support partners to take an antigen test at home on a daily basis prior to coming to the hospital. If the antigen test is positive or if your support partner has any symptoms of COVID19 such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell, they should not visit you while in the hospital to help protect patients, babies and staff from Covid19. 
  • On arrival to the hospital, your nominated support partner will receive a surgical mask and be asked to sanitise their hands. A surgical mask must be worn by nominated support partners at all times, while in the hospital.
  • At the admissions office, an NMH official visitor card will be issued to you for sole use by your nominated support partner. Please do not share this card with anyone else to allow us to continue to limit footfall in the hospital.
  • We ask that your nominated support partner maintain good hygiene standards such as decontaminating their hands and coughing etiquette at all times. Hand hygiene facilities are available on the ground floor as you enter the hospital.
  • We ask your nominated support partner to remain at your bedside. Please note that he/she may be asked to leave or wait before entering the ward if the unit is particularly busy at that time.
  • A record of his/her time of arrival and departure each day must be kept by you (in case it is needed for contact tracing).
  • Partners who are confirmed Covid positive are able to attend the delivery. However, they are not permitted in antenatal or postnatal areas of the hospital to help protect staff, patients and babies. 
  • Unfortunately, we cannot allow children to visit at this time.

We are doing our best to keep you, your baby and staff safe and very much appreciate your co-operation in adhering to our guidelines.


We kindly ask partner's/relatives not to send in fresh flowers as they cannot be kept/sent in inpatient wards. Thank you


Please click on the below link to FAQs at The NMH with regard to Covid19 in pregnancy

FAQs on Covid19 in pregnancy