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Outpatient Appointments and Visiting Restrictions

Outpatient Appointments

All outpatient clinic appointments, procedures, elective and day case surgery have been cancelled until further notice. We will be in touch with patients to reschedule for a later date. Some clinics have been replaced with virtual clinics and we will notify you if this is the case.

All clinical teams are reviewing each patient on a case by case basis and will contact patients to attend earlier if clinically required to do so.

The Symptomatic Breast Service will start to incrementally resume activity from Monday 25th May 2020.

Radiology outpatient appointments are continuing with restrictions:

  • If you are to attend for your appointment, you will be contacted by phone.
  • If you are not to attend for your appointment, you will receive a text message.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, have been in an affected area or have a fever or cough, please DO NOT attend.

Visiting Restrictions

In the  interests of the health and safety of our patients and visitors, visiting is currently restricted in St. Vincent’s University Hospital.

Who can visit?

Close family and friends visiting the following patients may be admitted:

  • patients in critical care
  • vulnerable young adults
  • psychiatric patients
  • loved ones who are receiving end of life care.

Children are not permitted in the hospital at this time

Relative Support Service

The Medical Social Work (MSW) team is providing support to patients and their relatives who have been affected by COVID-19. Our aim is to provide a patient-centred service focusing on the emotional and social impact of COVID-19.

Call our support line: 01 221 4009 or 01 – 221 5045 seven days a week
We’re open Monday – Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

Our main goal is to make it easier for you to communicate with patients who are in isolation. We can;

  • Connect patients, families and medical teams via FaceTime of WhatsApp video call
  • Provide advice and support about COVID-19
  • Support relatives who are anxious about discharge home
  • Offer emotional support to patients and families focusing on grief and loss

What infection control procedures should I follow in the hospital?

Any visitors who have permission to visit should adhere to the following infection control guidelines:

  • wash your hands thoroughly before arriving at the hospital
  • use the hand hygiene gels at the entrance to the hospital and throughout the hospital
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze and put used tissues into a bin
  • wash your hands thoroughly before leaving the hospital

Coronavirus (COVID – 19)

If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID – 19) including cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and a high temperature, please do not visit St. Vincent’s University Hospital. It is important that you contact your GP by telephone for medical advice.

For more information on coronavirus (COVID-19) please see the HSE website here or call the HSE helpline on 1850 241850.