Patients and visitors at Cork hospital asked to wear masks

Patients and visitors at Cork hospital asked to wear masks

Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) is today (Thursday, April 30th) introducing a new policy which means all visitors, staff and patients will be asked to wear a mask while they are in the hospital. Pic Larry Cummins

Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) is today (Thursday, April 30th) introducing a new policy which means all visitors, staff and patients will be asked to wear a mask while they are in the hospital.

The move is the latest in a series of measures introduced at the facility to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In recent weeks the maternity hospital introduced a screening facility outside the hospital to allow it to screen all patients, visitors and staff for symptoms of COVID-19 before they enter.

CUMH said that this measure is “working well”.

Under the latest measures, it says it will give people a mask on arrival at the hospital if they do not have one already.

Commenting on the new measure, a spokesperson for Cork University Maternity Hospital said: “Management and staff at Cork University Maternity Hospital are maintaining as much of its clinical service as possible. The hospital is doing everything it can to keep all patients, staff and visitors safe while they are in CUMH.“

Meanwhile strict visiting restrictions are also in place at the hospital. 

Women who are admitted for induction of labour or in labour can only be accompanied by one nominated person. 

No visitors are allowed for other inpatients, including antenatal inpatients and postnatal inpatients while only mothers can visit the neonatal intensive care unit. 


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