Visiting Information

At The National Maternity Hospital our vision is to ensure that your time with us is as safe and comfortable as possible. While Covid-19 restrictions have eased across Ireland, hospitals are still considered to be high-risk areas. To ensure the safety of all patients, staff and visitors during this time, some visiting guidelines remain in place. Guidelines are being reviewed on a regular basis. We are now delighted to welcome grandparents and children of maternity inpatients between the hours of 6pm and 8pm.

Visitors who are feeling unwell or with recent or current illness (such as Covid-19, flu, vomiting bug or cold sore etc) should not come to the hospital if they are an infection risk.

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A nominated support partner is welcome to accompany you for:

  • Scan appointments (including 20 week scan appointment)
  • Antenatal and postnatal appointments
  • Partners are welcome to attend all virtual and in-person Antenatal Classes


  • A nominated support partner is welcome to visit you during hospital visiting times (Monday to Sunday 8am - 9pm).
  • Grandparents and children of maternity inpatients are welcome to visit between 6pm and 8pm. Please note a maximum of two visitors are allowed at a bedside at any time.
  • For women in labour (including delivery suite, caesarean sections and induction) a nominated support partner is welcome to attend with you.


Outpatient Appointments

  • A nominated support partner is welcome to attend your appointment with you. Please arrive no more than five minutes before your allocated time.
  • Our clinic hours have been extended to 07.30 - 18.30 and two sessions per day have been increased to three sessions, as we do our very best to see patients as quickly as possible. 
  • Phlebotomy Services are by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact 01 637 3502/3504.

Inpatient Gynaecology Ward

  • A nominated support partner is welcome to visit you during hospital visiting times (8am – 9pm. Monday to Sunday).


Outpatient Clinics

  • A nominated support partner is welcome to accompany you for your scan/ultrasound appointments (including your 20 week scan appointment) and all Gynaecological and Maternity antenatal and postnatal appointments.

Delivery Ward

  • For women in labour (including delivery suite, caesarean sections and induction) a nominated support partner is welcome to attend with you.


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

  • Parents of babies in our neonatal are welcome to visit their baby/babies at any time. Grandparents are welcome to visit between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. 


How do I get to Holles St / 60 Mount St / 65/66 Mount St?

For a more detailed Journey Planner, you can use the Transport For Ireland Journey Planner where you can select Dublin street addresses, or use a map to select two points.

By Dublin Bus: The Hospital is serviced by the following routes: 4, 5, 7, 7A, 13, 13A, 45, 63 & 84.

By Train/Dart: Short walk from Pearse Street Station. See map (above).

By Luas: A 10-minute walk from St. Stephen's Green.

Visitor Information

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are prohibited in areas where monitoring equipment is operating. Please observe local signs.
Mobile phones must not be used in ward areas during the night time.


Please note that from November 1st, 2013 The National Maternity Hospital is a Tobacco Free Campus. As a health-care organisation, the HSE is committed to promoting the health of patients, staff and visitors. Smoking is one of the leading causes of death and illness and we, as a HSE funded hospital, have an obligation to everyone to address this critical public health issue. In line with the National HSE policy, the three Dublin Maternity Hospitals have become tobacco free campuses from November 2013. This policy covers all areas of the campus including buildings, entrances, doorways, car parks etc. In line with the policy, the smoking shelters were removed on 31st October 2013 and the campus boundary has been marked with a blue line.

The policy applies to all patients, visitors, staff and external contractors. We are not asking people to stop smoking – however the policy requires anyone who smokes to refrain from smoking while on the hospital campus.

We realise that this change may be difficult for people who smoke and we will actively support all in this regard. There is a range of smoking cessation support services (click on the link below) and we would encourage all smokers to avail of these services.


In the interest of food safety and to ensure that the Hospital complies with current legislation cooked food may not be brought into the hospital by visitors. You may bring fruit, biscuits, sweets or crisps.

Hospital Enquiries

In order to allow midwifery/nursing staff to concentrate on patient care it would be appreciated if you would contact family members for information on patient’s progress and delivery outcomes.

Car Parking

There is no public parking within the Hospital grounds. Parking spots provided by Dublin Corporation are available around the Hospital. Clamping is in operation on Holles St.

Visitor's Responsibilities

As a visitor to our hospital we ask you to:

  • Respect the visiting policy
  • Consider other women’s needs for rest and privacy
  • Be polite and courteous.
  • Have consideration for staff doing their job
  • Clean your hands when entering and exiting the ward
  • Help keep our hospital clean and inform staff of any cleaning concerns
  • Not sit or lie on hospital beds

Nominated visitors with recent or current illnesses (such as Covid-19, flu, vomiting bug or cold sore) should stay at home if they are an infection risk.

We welcome suggestions and advice from our service users and visitors on how we can improve our services. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of care or service while at The National Maternity Hospital, please bring the matter to the attention of the ward manager at the time. In the event that this does not resolve the matter, you may refer the matter to the Patient Services Manager who will process it with the relevant personnel.