Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) has changed its visiting policy to allow both parents to visit infants admitted to the hospital’s neonatal unit.
CUMH introduced strict visiting restrictions in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These restrictions have meant that over the last number of weeks, only mothers have been allowed to visit their babies in the neonatal unit.
In a letter to parents, Brendan Murphy Clinical Lead-Neonatology, Ireland South Women & Infants Directorate says that in parallel with the planned phased reopening of the country nationally over the coming months, the hospital will be facilitating all parents to be with their infants in the neonatal unit, however only one parent can be with their infant at any one time.
Parents with respiratory symptoms or household contacts of people with COVID-19 are asked to self- isolate at home and not visit but rather discuss and update on their baby’s condition by telephone.
The hospital said it will also be continuing to also provide virtual visiting to parents with offsite access to images and updates on their baby’s condition