This page was last updated on 10th September 2020
The Rotunda Hospital Dublin
The Rotunda Hospital has a visiting policy so we can have a safe and secure environment for women, babies and staff by controlling the number of visitors at any one time during Visiting Hours.
Visiting Restrictions in Place
In March, The Rotunda Hospital took the difficult decision to severely restrict visiting at the Hospital in the interest of public and patient safety.
Throughout the pandemic, The Rotunda remained open 24/7 and, when safe to do so, all women giving birth were able to have a partner with them for labour and birth, once admitted to the Delivery Suite or Theatre.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continued and changed, we were able to gradually ease the restrictions that we had put in place.
Over the last few months, thanks to the cooperation of our Rotunda patients and families, we have been delighted to be able to welcome parents safely back to the NICU, as well as welcome partners back to our inpatient wards during certain hours, and to the 20-22 week anomaly scan.
However, the COVID-19 crisis has not ended, and we need to remain alert to the challenges it poses as we approach the winter and flu season.
The Rotunda has been in a unique position during this time, as the busiest maternity hospital in Europe, delivering services in the oldest maternity hospital building in Europe, it is uniquely challenging to maintain social distancing – especially in our waiting areas.
We understand how important it is for pregnant women to have support from their partners and family throughout their pregnancy, and we know how difficult and distressing it is to come to appointments alone, for partners to have to wait outside before being admitted. We are sorry for this distress, but we feel this represents the best balancing of patients’ preferences with the hospital’s duty to keep patients and our staff safe.
Despite all of these challenges, The Rotunda has been very successful at containing and limiting COVID transmission amongst our patients and staff, and we have been able to relax many of our restrictions since March. We are continuously monitoring the situation and review restrictions on a weekly basis.
Rest assured that the Rotunda will continue to do what we do best – providing the safest possible care to all of our patients in the most family-friendly environment possible.
For women giving birth or in labour
(including delivery suite and caesarean section)
One, named nominated companion
For women who are COVID-19 Positive, have suspicious COVID-19 symptoms, or have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
(including induction and caesarean section)
Partners will be allowed attend the Rotunda during labour and birth, taking appropriate precautions.
For women attending for an Induction
Partners will only be allowed to join the mother when active labour is established and the patient has been moved to a single-occupancy room.
This measure is to reduce the risk of transmission of infection in the Induction ward and across the Hospital.
For all other Inpatients
(Including Antenatal Inpatients, Postnatal Inpatients and Gynae Inpatients)
One named, nominated companion per patient
Monday – Friday, from 5pm – 7pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays, from 2pm – 7pm
(Anatomy Scan (also known as 20-22 week scan, or Anomaly Scan)
One, named, nominated companion.
(All Other Scans, Booking Visit, Antenatal Appointments, Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit)
Only the women attending the appointment – No partners, children or nominated companions.
For patients in the NICU
Mothers, who are inpatients, may visit at any time to coincide with infant feeding
Outpatient parents can visit from 11.00 – 19.00 daily.
Parents visiting the NICU will be required to perform hand hygiene and to wear a hospital grade surgical mask throughout their visit.
We are gradually bringing our gynaecology services back to full capacity. Our Appointment Scheduling team will be in touch directly if you have been affected by a cancellation.
For the Emergency & Assessment Unit
The Emergency and Assessment Unit is open to evaluate complaints that are DIRECTLY RELATED to pregnancy or gynaecology. However, we encourage you not to come in if not necessary. We have a direct Rotunda Helpline if you have queries and concerns relating to your pregnancy.
Call on 01 8172575
For Parent Education Classes
Parent Education Classes, including physiotherapy classes, breastfeeding classes and nutrition in pregnancy classes are cancelled until further notice. If you are booked in for these classes, you will be contacted with links to online learning materials and resources.
We now have a dedicated page with COVID-19 information for people attending the Rotunda during this pandemic
Please Note: Visiting is currently restricted due to COVID-19. Please see our current restrictions above.
Below is our normal Visiting Policy.
Visitor Card Holder (usually the woman’s partner or nominated visitor):
Monday - Sunday: 8.30 am to 8.30 pm
The woman’s parents or partner’s parents:
Monday – Friday: 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm (two at a time).
The woman’s children (under 18s only) may visit between 10.00 am and 8.30 pm with their father or the named person.
No other children are allowed.
Monday to Sunday: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
The Rotunda Hospital is on Parnell Square, just north of O’Connell Street. The main entrance is on Parnell Square West. Visitors can park in the front car park (entrance opposite Conway’s Pub) or in the back car park (entrance on Parnell Square West).
Monday to Friday: 4.30 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 9 am to 11 pm
Fee: €6 per visit (only 50 cent, €1 and €2 coins are accepted) payable at the barrier on leaving
There is disc parking on the streets around Parnell Square. There are multi-storey car parks nearby such as the Ilac Centre, Parnell Street and Marlborough Street car parks.
There are specific disabled parking spaces beside the main hospital entrance.
The Rotunda’s patients, visitors and staff can park in the Parnell Centre car park for a maximum cost of €6.50 per day. The car park is a 5 minute walk from the hospital. The car park ticket must be validated by security staff in the hospital and you can pay at the pay stations on levels GA and 1A. The car park is now open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
For further information, contact (01) 872 2413 or www.parkrite.ie
Mobile Phone Use
You can use your mobile phone in some areas of the hospital to make calls or send text messages. You may charge your mobile phone at your bedside in the general maternity wards, public and private.
ATM’s & Luggage
There are numerous ATM locations within walking distance of the Rotunda Maternity Hospital.
We also have secure storage areas for luggage.
From time to time it may be necessary to restrict visiting for example, due to high levels of illness in the community. .
The Rotunda Hospital is a Tobacco Free Campus. Smoking in the grounds of the Hospital, or near the entrances to the Hospital is strictly forbidden.