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Update on access for visitors to Galway University Hospitals

Following a review of visiting times at University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital, from today Tuesday 03 May, visitors will be able to access the hospitals during the following times:

• 2pm – 4pm
• 6pm – 8pm

Ms Chris Kane, Hospital Manager, Galway University Hospitals said, “We are delighted to be in a position to extend the visiting hours for visitors, but at the same time we need to do everything we can to keep patients, visitors and staff safe and take every precaution to help prevent the introduction or spread of COVID-19.

“We ask that there should be no more than one visitor at the patient’s bedside at any one time. Visitors are also asked to wear a surgical mask and use the hand gel frequently during their visit.

“Please do not come to the hospital to visit a patient if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

“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 department for nominated support partners.

"I would like to thank the public for their ongoing co-operation in ensuring we can have access for visitors in a safe manner to protect both patients and visitors.”

Visiting COVID-19 ward(s) or COVID-19 outbreak ward(s)
Access for visitors to patients in COVID-19 wards is limited to one family member or nominated support person per day and these visits must be pre-arranged by contacting the relevant ward or unit in advance.

The article above is specific to the following Saolta hospitals:: 
University Hospital Galway (UHG)