MANAGEMENT at Cork University Maternity Hospital have stepped up visiting restrictions at the hospital in response to the intensifying coronavirus outbreak.
They will have significant impacts on inpatients and outpatients and family members of patients.
Women who are admitted for labour or to be induced can be accompanied by ‘one nominated companion’.
However, all other patients, including antenatal and postnatal inpatients can not have any visitors.
Women attending outpatient appointments cannot bring anybody with them and only one parent can visit infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
In a statement, CUMH said that all patients and visitors who are entering the hospital will be assessed for possible COVID-19 infection.
It is reminding patients that the criteria for COVID-19 include recent onset of fever or chills and/or signs or symptoms of respiratory tract infection, which includes cough or contact (>15 min face-to face contact at <2 metres distance) with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, it said patients who suspect they may have COVID-19 symptoms should contact their GP or Public Health via telephone on:
Public Health Number: 021 4927601
24-hour COVID care line: 1850 24 1850.
It added that if people have symptoms of COVID-19 and are well they do not need hospital admission and they should be tested through the community.
The HSE has published guidance for coronavirus during pregnancy.
It says extra precautions will need to be taken for pregnant women with COVID-19 before, during and after their baby's birth.
These include monitoring infants for signs of infection after birth.