These safety arrangements are reviewed weekly, last updated on 13th September 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
For women giving birth or in labour
Your nominated companion/partner can join you in the delivery suite.
If you are having a caesarean section, your nominated companion/partner can join you in the operating theater.
Additionally, before and after giving birth, your nominated companion/partner can join you during visiting hours:
Monday – Sunday from 8am – 8pm
For women attending for an Induction
Your nominated companion/partner can join you once you are in a single-occupancy room or in the delivery suite.
Additionally, your nominated companion/partner can join you when in a multi-bed ward during visiting hours:
Monday – Sunday from 8am – 8pm
The Rotunda continues to accommodate your nominated companion/partner even when in a multi-bed ward at other times when the need arises and when it is safe/appropriate to do so.
For all other Inpatients
Including Antenatal/Prenatal Inpatients, Postnatal Inpatients and Gynaecology Inpatients
Your nominated companion/partner can join you during vising hours:
Monday – Sunday from 8am – 8pm
For Outpatient Appointments and Consultations
20-22 Week Anomaly/Anatomy Scan
One named, nominated companion/partner can join you.
Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit
One nominated companion/partner can join you during the consultation. Due to space constraints in the EPAU waiting room, companions will wait outside the EPAU building, but on the campus, until you are called for your scan or consult. Children cannot attend.
Emergency & Assessment Unit
One nominated companion/partner can join you once you are called to be seen individually. Due to space constraints in the waiting room, companions will wait outside the main entrance until you are called for your scan or consult. Children cannot attend.
Please note, the Emergency and Assessment Unit is open to evaluate complaints that are directly related to pregnancy or Gynaecology. We have a direct Rotunda Helpline if you have queries and concerns relating to your pregnancy. Call on 01 817 2575
Booking Visit, Antenatal Appointments, and all other Scans
Unfortunately, due to space constraints, only the patient attending the appointment can be accommodated – No partners, children or nominated companions can attend, except in special circumstances where individual arrangements are made.
Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we ask that patients attend their appointments alone, unless requested otherwise.
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 patients in the NICU
Mothers/Primary parent, who are inpatients, may visit at any time to coincide with infant feeding.
Outpatient parents can visit from 1pm – 7pm daily, with space only for one parent to attend at the cot-side at a time.
Parents visiting the NICU will be required to perform hand hygiene and to wear a hospital grade surgical mask throughout their visit.
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.