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‘Difficult decisions’ to protect patients and staff

Due to increased infection control measures, the hospital said it has had to make “some difficult decisions” about visiting to protect patients, their relatives and staff

CRISIS hit University Hospital Kerry has imposed new visitor restrictions as it is currently experiencing an increase in the number of patients presenting with Covid-19 and a high volume of people attending the emergency department.

Due to increased infection control measures, the hospital said it has had to make “some difficult decisions” about visiting to protect patients, their relatives and staff.

From this Tuesday, visiting to University Hospital Kerry is restricted as follows:

  • General Wards: The public is asked not to visit the hospital other than in end-of-life situations and other exceptional circumstances. Any exceptions must be to be agreed with the ward manager and relevant consultant in advance. Children, in particular, should not visit the hospital.
  • Maternity: Accompanying partner arrangements remain unchanged for now. Women or their partners should not attend UHK if they have Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Palliative: Visiting will be by prior agreement only but the situation will be reviewed by the hospital outbreak team on an ongoing basis.
There has been a high volume of people attending the emergency department

University Hospital Kerry said it understands that restrictions will make it difficult for many families but the priority is to continue to maintain the safety and wellbeing of patients, members of the public and staff.

The hospital has set up a specific email address ([email protected]) so that patients can receive direct messages from people thinking of them. Emails should include the patient’s full name, warn name and the first line of the patient’s home address.

Video calls using WhatsApp for patients who do not have smart phones can be arranged by contacting the ward manager or the nurse in charge to request a Video Call with your loved one.

All appropriate infection control precautions are being followed to minimise the risk of spreading infection among staff and patients.