Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Last updated on: Thursday, August 13, 2020

Since the 1st of July, we have returned to offering a comprehensive range of services in our hospital.

The health and safety of our patients and staff is our main priority and we have put many structures in place to ensure social distancing, infection control and enhanced safety measures. We realise that this is a completely new experience for patients who attend any of our services in the Bon Secours Hospitals, however, we will endeavour to ensure that each person feels safe and relaxed on their visit to our Hospitals.

What we are doing to protect our patients:

  • Adhering to national and best practice guidance on the use of masks and social distancing.
  • Mapping all clinical areas to ensure adequate spacing between beds and chairs
  • Use of perspex screens in non-clinical areas
  • Equipping all areas and staff with the appropriate level of PPE
  • Additional cleaning and decontamination measures
  • Symptom screening all patients in an effort to provide safer care
  • Judicial use of isolation rooms to limit in-patient contact
  • COVID testing all elective patients who are undergoing an aerosol generating procedure or are being admitted overnight 
  • COVID testing any patient transfers from other facilities to ensure we limit infection exposure
  • Advising cocooning for those deemed to be at a higher risk from infection (cancer patients, overnight surgery, immunosuppressed)
  • Restricted visitor access
  • Segregated entry pathways for certain patient cohorts (e.g. Oncology)

Due to social distancing requirements, we kindly ask patients who are attending for out-patient appointments, day case procedures or inpatients to arrive on time for your appointment. If you arrive early please wait in your car until your appointment time. All patients will be asked a series of questions about COVID-19 on arrival at the hospital as part of our safe symptom screening process and will be required to wear a mask which will be provided during your time in the hospital. Certain cohorts of patients will be required to have a COVID-19 test 48 – 72 hrs before their hospital visit.  If you require a COVID-19 test, the hospital will notify you and arrange an appointment. 

To download the COVID Tracker App for Ireland click here. See the Department of Health's Press Release relating to this by clicking here.

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