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Access to visiting in Saolta Group Hospitals

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community, access to visitors is now being limited to exceptional circumstances and compassionate grounds only in the following Saolta Group hospitals: 

  • Roscommon University Hospital 
  • Mayo University Hospital 
  • Galway University Hospitals (UHG and Merlin Park) 
  • Letterkenny University Hospital 
  • Sligo University Hospital 
  • Portinucula University Hospital 

Visits must be pre-arranged by family members / visitors, who should contact the relevant ward or unit in advance. We apologise to our patients and their loved ones for taking this measure to keep our hospitals safe. The situation will be kept under constant review. Further information is available here:

In line with national guidance on visiting*, visitors will be asked to produce their EU Digital COVID Certificate or HSE COVID-19 Vaccination Record or other proof of immunity at the entrance. Visitors may be asked to show some photo ID to prove that the proof of immunity is theirs.

There are exemptions from the requirement for the EU Digital COVID Certificate or HSE COVID-19 Vaccination Record or other proof of immunity, on compassionate grounds.

Children may not visit the hospital unless agreed in advance, on compassionate grounds, with the ward / unit manager.

There are separate arrangements in place for access to the maternity departments for nominated support partners.

Anyone coming to the hospital must complete a COVID-19 screening checklist and follow the public health guidance, including wearing a surgical face mask and performing good hand hygiene regularly.

* COVID-19 Guidance on Access to Acute Hospitals for Nominated Support Partners, Accompanying Persons, Visitors and External Service Providers V 1.3 23.12.2021 is available here:

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