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'Constructive' Restrictions on partners attending maternity hospital appointments to be lifted

In less than two weeks, all maternity services can provide access for nominated support partners to access inpatient areas between normal visiting hours.

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The HSE have announced that restrictions on partners attending appointments at maternity hospitals will be lifted from November 1st.

In less than two weeks, all maternity services can provide access for nominated support partners to access inpatient areas between normal visiting hours of 8am to 9pm.

Partners will be permitted to attend both 12-week and 20-week scans, early pregnancy assessment unit attendances, and other antenatal appointments.

A nominated support partner will have access to the labour ward and throughout delivery and parents with babies in the NICU should be allowed regular access, but visits must be scheduled beforehand.

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The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin.

The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin.

The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin.

Professor Martin Cormican of the National Clinical Lead Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention Control Team HSE said: “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,” he concluded.

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

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