Normal visiting hours reintroduced at Tallaght Hospital

Tallaght Hospital has reintroduced regular patient visiting hours with daily visiting hours in the Adult Hospital from 2pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Visiting hours for the Mental Health Unit are from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm daily. Visitors to the Intensive and Coronary Care Units are, as always restricted, and at the discretion of the nurses in charge.

The hospital had been operating reduced visiting hours since last October due to a bacteria outbreak.

In order to prioritise patient safety, visitors are asked to respect the Hospital’s guidelines.

Only two visitors are permitted per patient at any one time. In addition, visitors are asked to observe the hand hygiene signs.

The Hospital say visitors should clean their hands when they enter the Hospital, when they arrive on the ward, upon leaving the ward and the Hospital. Also remember to use visitor toilets rather than patient toilets in order to reduce the risk of cross infection.

Visiting is not permitted during mealtimes. This protected time is set aside in order to ensure that patients can eat and enjoy their meals uninterrupted. This is an essential requirement for good nutrition and recovery. Tallaght Hospital asks that visitors respect these arrangements.

Dr. Catherine Wall, Lead Clinical Director at Tallaght Hospital said:

“Visitors are a welcome and important part of a patient’s day.

“They can bring a lot of happiness and help the recovery process.

“With the reintroduction of normal visiting hours, we aim to maximise the welfare of our patients and their families to ensure the best care experience possible.

“We ask all visitors to be aware of visiting times and to respect these, so that patients are also given the important time to rest and enable hospital staff to deliver care uninterrupted.”