These safety arrangements are reviewed weekly, last updated on 26th November 2021.
The Rotunda Hospital Dublin
Like all hospitals, even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the Rotunda Hospital has visiting policies in place so that we can maintain a safe and secure environment for women, babies, their families and staff by controlling the number of people moving through the hospital at any one time. We will always do our best to bring your partner in as early as possible during inpatient stays and as soon as it is safe to do so.
The Rotunda continues to make every effort to accommodate exceptions to our visiting policy on compassionate grounds when the need arises.
COVID-19 Patient and Visitor Information
In line with the latest HSE guidance on access to hospitals, which includes standards for partners (Nominated Support Persons) who may accompany maternity patients, and in response to the recent marked increase in community transmission of Covid-19, the Rotunda is modifying its access arrangements for those attending the hospital, with effect from Monday November 29, 2021.
One named, nominated companion may join for labour & birth, on inpatient wards, booking visit, 20-22 week anomaly scan, early pregnancy assessment scans, and the emergency room.
For other routine Outpatient Appointments, we ask that patients attend alone. For Paediatric Outpatients Appointments, we ask that one parent attend with their child.
Unfortunately we can not allow extended family members, or children to attend or visit.
We continue to strongly recommend that all pregnant patients take a Covid-19 vaccine, as well as a vaccine booster when eligible, and that all partners also take a Covid-19 vaccine. In order to encourage such vaccination, our front door staff will continue to ask partners about their vaccination status.
Inpatient Ward Visiting Hours
Monday – Sunday from 8am – 8pm
NICU Visiting Hours
Mothers/Primary parent, who are inpatients, may visit at any time to coincide with infant feeding.
Outpatient parents can visit from 9am – 7.45pm daily, with space only for one parent to attend at the cot-side at a time.
Parents may be asked to leave during ward rounds, nurse’s handover, or if there is an emergency on the NICU. We endeavour to keep these times to a minimum. Parents visiting the NICU will be required to perform hand hygiene and to wear a hospital grade surgical mask throughout their visit.
The general outpatients area of the hospital will therefore only be accessible to partners to accompany pregnant patients for their booking visit, early pregnancy assessment scans, the 20-22 week anomaly scan, and by special arrangement for other special visits in which particularly complex or sensitive information is being shared.
For Patients who are COVID-19 Positive
(including induction and caesarean section)
Labour & Birth
COVID-19 positive patients attending for labour and birth are accommodated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with advice from our Infection Prevention and Control team and according to Public Health advice.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or you are awaiting a test result, or you have symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or loss of smell or taste, or if you have been abroad in the last 14 days, or have had contact with a confirmed case – please call our COVID-19 Helpline at 01 817 2575 and we can arrange an individualized care journey to keep you and everyone else safe.
For Parent Education Classes
In-Person Parent Education Classes, including physiotherapy classes, breastfeeding classes and nutrition in pregnancy classes are deferred until further notice. If you are scheduled for these classes, you will be contacted with links to our bespoke online learning materials and resources.
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.