Visiting Guidelines - 2.11.2021

The Ireland East Hospital Group and The National Maternity Hospital Management adhere to National Guidance and recommendations made by the hospital's Infection Prevention and Control team regarding visitor and nominated partner attendance to the hospital.

Any restrictions which may occur are fully risk assessed and approved by hospital management and supported by the Ireland East Hospital Group.

We appreciate your continued cooperation and support in helping to keep our patients, babies and staff safe.

Visiting the Hospital

In order to continue to help protect mothers, babies and staff and to provide a safe environment in line with government guidance, we ask that you please wear your own face covering and adhere to the following guidelines:

 

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.*

Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU)  - This excludes routine dating & first booking appointments

Visiting is unrestricted to a nominated support partner. We ask that you please check-in to your appointment alone and your nominated support partner will be invited to join you when you are called for your scan. This is due to space limitations in the EPAU waiting area, which cannot accommodate Government guidelines on social distancing.

Anomaly scan (20 week scan)

Visiting is unrestricted to a nominated support partner. We ask that you please check-in to your appointment alone and your nominated support partner will be invited to join you when you are called for your scan. This is due to space limitations in waiting areas, which cannot accommodate Government guidelines on social distancing.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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

Emergency Department (ED)

If you need to attend the Emergency Department, a nominated support partner is welcome to join you at your consultation with the ED clinical team. We ask that you please check-in to your appointment alone and your nominated support partner will be invited to join you when you are being seen. This is due to space limitations in the ED waiting area, which cannot accommodate Government guidelines on social distancing.

Outpatients

We regret that nominated support partners cannot attend our antenatal outpatients department at this time due to Government guidelines on social distancing.

 

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

* Please note, your nominated support partner may be asked to temporarily leave for operational reasons/mealtimes, and to facilitate social distancing at busy times in all areas.

Please ask your nominated support partner to wear a face covering at all times while within the hospital. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

 

Visiting advice for a nominated support partner post birth:

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

  • On arrival to 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.
  • Your nominated support partner must wear a face mask or face covering (provided by self) as strongly recommended by Government Guidelines.
  • In order to comply with social distancing, we ask your nominated support partner to remain at your bedside. Please note that your nominated support partner may be asked to leave or wait before entering the ward if the unit is particularly busy at that time.
  • A record of your nominated support partner's time of arrival and departure each day must be kept by you (in case it is needed for contact tracing).
  • Unfortunately, we cannot allow children to visit at the moment.

For all nominated support partners, we ask that if you are feeling unwell, please do not come to the hospital.  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, which we are reviewing on a weekly basis.

Your cooperation with these guidelines is very much appreciated.

 

VISITING THE HOSPITAL - COVID

If you/nominated support partner are COVID symptomatic, awaiting a swab or a swab result or if you have had a positive test result in the last 14 days, please do not come to the hospital. If it is an emergency presentation or if you are in labour, it’s important to first get in touch with us to let us know about your condition (01 637 3100). We can advise you and give you all the information you need about how this affects you. 

All other visitors, including children, 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.