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Visiting Guidelines

Visiting arrangements

The incidence of COVID-19 in the community continues to pose a risk to the health and safety of the patients and staff of St. Vincent’s University Hospital. Given the rising numbers of cases of COVID 19 and increasing transmission of the Omicron variant in the community, visiting in St. Vincent’s University Hospital has now been suspended with effect from Thursday, 23 December 2021 until further notice.

Permission to visit

A patient can only receive a visitor in exceptional circumstances such as patients in critical care, vulnerable young adults, and loved ones who are receiving end of end of life care. If this is the case, the person wishing to visit must contact the Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM) of the ward/unit to arrange.

All visitors who are given permission to visit will be requested to bring proof of vaccination or COVID-19 immunity with them when they come to the hospital. Visitors should report to Security on arrival to the hospital.

Are there any regulations I need to follow when visiting?

  • Maximum visiting duration is 30 minutes
  • People who have recently arrived in Ireland from abroad should comply with government advice on restricted movement/quarantine
  • All children Under the age of 16 years should be accompanied by an adult and not left unsupervised.
  • All visitors must wear a facemask for the duration of their visit.
  • Visitors should not attend the hospital if they have any symptoms of COVID-19

Security information

St. Vincent’s University Hospital does not accept responsibility for patient property and we recommend that patients pass all unnecessary cash, jewellery and clothing for safekeeping to their next of kin – as soon as possible following admission. Property retained by patients remains entirely the responsibility of the patient and the hospital shall not be liable for any loss or damage however caused.

Infection control policy

One of the most important ways of reducing transmission of infection from person to person is by good hand hygiene. Visitors to the hospital should use the alcohol gels available throughout the hospital to clean their hands before and after visiting patients and patients are reminded to clean their hands regularly, particularly before eating. Hand hygiene information leaflets for patients and visitors are available throughout the hospital.

No smoking policy

St. Vincent’s University Hospital promotes a completely smoke-free environment throughout the hospital. In the interest of patients, staff and visitors, smoking is not permitted either inside the hospital or on the hospital grounds.