Updated Guidance on Access to Maternity Hospitals

The HSE has updated guidance on access for partners to hospitals, including maternity units. The maternity hospitals and the HSE remain committed to facilitating the support partner of a woman attending for antenatal care or childbirth, to be present to the greatest extent possible. When there are controls in place, it is to manage the risk of spread of infection and to keep babies and mothers safe.

From November 1st all maternity services can provide access for nominated support partners to access inpatient areas during normal visiting hours of 8am and 9pm.

According to Prof Martin Cormican, National Clinical Lead Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Prevention Control Team HSE: “Following constructive meetings with campaigners the HSE has looked at the recent experience of two maternity hospitals managing greater access for nominated support partners in all inpatient areas including multi-bed rooms. We found that patients, partners and staff have worked very well together to make this work. The hospitals taking this approach have not seen any evidence of spread of infection. It is because of this, we can make an informed and safe decision to facilitate more access.”

The HSE would like to thank women and their partners for their support in patience in helping to keep maternity services safe through this difficult period.

Last updated on: 22 / 10 / 2021