The HSE has issued updated public health advice about what to do during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Key actions like knowing the COVID-19 symptoms, keeping good hand hygiene, and social distancing will help us all weather this crisis and protect the most vulnerable in our communities and families.
COVID-19 & The Rotunda
Coming in to The Rotunda during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Rotunda has taken the difficult decision to restrict visiting in the Hospital, and has cancelled certain appointments.
However, many women will still need to attend The Rotunda for antenatal appointments, giving birth, and in emergencies.
We are asking women attending the Hospital to contact us if ANY of the below apply to you. We have measures in place to protect you, other patients, and our staff.
1. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
2. If you have symptoms like;
Shortness of Breath
3. If you have been in contact with a case of COVID-19
4. If you have been abroad in the last 14 days
5. If you are concerned you have COVID-19
Cancellations and Visitor Restrictions
We have taken steps to drastically reduce the footfall in the Hospital in order to protect our mothers, babies, staff and the public. We have cancelled elective gynaecology appointments and procedures, and have made the difficult decision to heavily restrict visitors in the Hospital. Read the full measures here.
These restrictions are strict, and may cause inconvenience and distress, but we do not make them lightly.
The Rotunda is in a unique position during this crisis. As the busiest maternity hospital in the country, we are open 24/7 and will continue to care for hundreds of pregnant women during this crisis. Women will still need to come in to us for their antenatal appointments, for giving birth, and for emergencies.
The Rotunda needs to stay open during this time, and retain a high level of staffing, so that we can continue to care for women in the coming weeks and months.
The Rotunda NICU also hosts the most vulnerable population of patients in the country – premature babies. COVID-19 poses a serious risk to these patients, whose lungs and immune system may not be developed enough to fight off this disease.
We have the oldest hospital buildings in the country, which make adequate patient and visitor spacing impossible. This is why we have taken the decision to bring our visiting restrictions to the absolute maximal possible level, in order to keep mothers, babies and staff safe.
We are calling on The Rotunda community to work with us in this difficult time to protect our mothers, babies and staff.