UPDATED VISITING GUIDANCE FOR PARTNERS
As a Maternity Department we aim to empower each woman to have a positive labour and birth experience and to enable each woman to have the support of the birthing partner of their choice throughout the process of labour and birth.
We endeavour to ensure partners are with women during every stage of their labour, including induction of labour and birth.
Due to COVID-19, safety within the department is being continuously reviewed with regard to local infrastructure, activity within the department and the necessity at all times to maintain social distancing.
In line with recent national guidance on visiting (published on hpsc.ie), the Maternity Department at University Hospital Galway is facilitating the following access for birthing partners/parents from Monday 05 July:
- Birthing partners of women in labour are welcome to attend and partners can attend a caesarean section done under regional anaesthesia. Partners will be subject to screening questions and wearing PPE.
- Partners may visit St Catherine’s Ward and St Angela’s Ward daily between 8am and 9pm.
- Parents of an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit may visit, one parent at a time.
- A partner or support person may attend for all scans, including EPAU.
- Partners can attend the High Risk Antenatal Clinic.
For all other clinics, please discuss partner access with the Clinical Midwifery Manager prior to attending the appointment. This is due to the need to monitor capacity within the clinics and maintain social distancing.
The Maternity Department does not facilitate partners to stay overnight on the Antenatal and Postnatal wards.
If a partner has COVID-19 symptoms, is awaiting a COVID-19 test or test result or has had a positive test within the last 14 days they must not come to the hospital. In this event an alternative birth partner may attend.
Partners must wear a face mask at all times, maintain social distancing and use the available hand gel to clean their hands regularly.
The details of the visiting restrictions in the Maternity Departments are updated regularly on the HSE website at: https://www2.hse.ie/services/health-service-disruptions/hospital-appointments.html
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Only one parent can visit at a time.
Parents must wear a face mask in the clinical area.
Grandparents/children are not allowed to visit the NICU
The current visiting restrictions are kept under review and will be updated in line with national recommendations