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National Maternity Hospital issue new rules for mothers and visitors amid Covid-19 pandemic

National Maternity Hospital issue new rules for mothers and visitors amid Covid-19 pandemic

Prof Shane Higgins, the Master of The National Maternity Hospital, said the hospital has had to make changes with regard to appointments and visitors because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In video footage filmed at the Dublin hospital, Prof Higgins walks viewers through what they can expect if attending the hospital as a patient or visitor.

“We’ve also made some significant infrastructural changes to the hospital in the last 2-3 weeks to allow us to cater to all patients attending the hospital and to ensure that all patients are cared for in a safe manner,” Prof Higgins explains.

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Women with an appointment:

Firstly, the hospital is asking those who have a scheduled appointment to attend it on their own. This is of course to reduce the number of people entering the hospital and to comply with social distancing restrictions.

Women who are a patient or have just had a baby:

“If you are a patient, or somebody who’s had a baby in the hospital, we ask that no visitors visit you during your time in the hospital” says Prof Higgins.

Women with a baby in the neonatal unit:

If you have a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the hospital is asking that only mothers attend to their babies during this time.

Further restrictions apply to any patient who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, showing symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who may have COVID-19:

In this instance, the hospital asks that you follow it’s 4 point plan:

1) Phone ahead 01 637 3100

2) Do not travel on public transport

3) Phone again when you arrive outside the hospital and wait to be escorted to the area, which has been prepared for your arrival

4) From there, an appropriate member of staff will greet you wearing protective clothing and ask you to wash your hands or use an alcohol gel

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In the video footage (see above) Prof Higgins walks viewers through the “hospital within a hospital”, which has been created to cater for patients who have suspected or are COVID-19 positive. The isolation area includes an operating theatre and 22 b.

“This allows us to have the remainder of the hospital functioning normally. The purpose of the policy and infrastructural changes that we’ve made are to allow us to look after all patients with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis safely, whilst allowing staff and non-infected patients to have their babies in the safest possible manner”, concluded Prof Higgins,

The policies may change over the coming weeks as needed, please see nmh.ie for information.

If you would like to donate to help support the hospital at this time, please visit nmhfoundation.ie/donate