Hospital visits have been temporarily suspended at Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel.
TUH said the suspension, with certain exceptions, is effective immediately and cite increased infection control measures as the reason.
Restrictions are as follows:
The birthing partner can attend as soon as the mother is in established labour;
The birthing partner can attend for the birth including delivery by Caesarean Section. In TUH, the birthing partner can return to the ward with the patient for one hour post-delivery;
When a baby is in the Neonatal Unit one parent (at a time) can visit their baby by appointment;
A hospital spokesperson said “We are also very sensitive to specific situations regarding pregnancy loss, stillbirth and unexpected complications and have adapted our visiting restrictions in these situations,”
Visiting Restrictions to all wards/departments
Visiting will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances such as:
Two nominated relatives only for non-Covid-19 patients who are at the end of their life.
One nominated relative wearing correct PPE and following IPC hygiene advice for Covid patients at the end of their life.
Two nominated relatives for critically ill patients.
One parent only will be allowed visit children in the Paediatric Unit at any time.
Children should not visit the hospital.
TUH said the situation will be kept under review and any changes publicised.
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