These restrictions are reviewed weekly, last updated on 12 May 2021.
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.
COVID Restrictions in Place
For women giving birth or in labour
(including delivery suite and caesarean section)
One, named nominated companion
For women who are COVID-19 Positive
(including induction and caesarean section)
We are managing COVID positive patients coming in for labour & birth on a case by case basis in conjunction with advice from our Infection Prevention and Control team and according to standard Public Health advice.
For women attending for an Induction
Partners will only be able 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/Prenatal Inpatients, Postnatal Inpatients and Gynae Inpatients)
One named, nominated companion per patient
Monday – Friday from 10am -11.30am & 4pm – 8pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays from 11am – 8pm
(20-22 Week Anomaly/Anatomy Scan )
One named, nominated companion per patient
(Booking Visit, Antenatal Appointments, Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit, and all other Scans )
Only the women attending the appointment – No partners, children or nominated companions.
For patients in the NICU
Mothers/Primary parent, who are inpatients, may visit at any time to coincide with infant feeding
Outpatient mothers/primary parent can visit from 1pm – 7pm daily. Partners access for one hour per day (between 4pm-7pm). Parents visiting the NICU will be required to perform hand hygiene and to wear a hospital grade surgical mask throughout their visit.
From Monday 29th March we have resumed face to face gynaecology appointments in our new Gynaecology Unit. We would ask that patients attend their appointment alone unless instructed otherwise.
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.