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Public Announcement – Visitor Restrictions at the NRH due to COVID-19

In the interest of the health and safety of our patients, family members and staff, we are asking that the guidance below is strictly adhered to in order to help us manage and control the spread of infection and to minimise the potential for the transmission of the Coronavirus COVID-19.

We are very aware that an admission to hospital following an injury or illness is a very difficult time for the person concerned and their loved ones. The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) welcomes and values contact from family and friends of patients. Having this support helps to make their stay here more comfortable and manageable.

In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the NRH has introduced robust infection prevention and control procedures to help keep patients, family members and staff as safe as possible and to prevent the spread of the virus.

For this reason, members of the public are not permitted to visit the hospital and there are restricted visiting arrangements in place for close family and friends of patients. 

The current guidance is listed below: please note that these guidelines may change depending on national guidelines and medical advice.  We will keep patients and families informed as guidance is updated.

Visitor Information – Restrictions During COVID-19 Phase 3

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  1. During the first two weeks of admission, patients will be asked to restrict their movements by staying in their room to avoid contact with other patients as much as possible. Therapies will take place in the patient’s room during this time.  A visit may be scheduled during this time.  Patients can arrange a visit by asking the social worker or a member of the nursing team for assistance.
  2. Inpatients can then have a one-hour visit each week with a maximum of two family members or friends. Ideally these should be the same two people every week to reduce the number of contacts, however it is possible to have up to four named persons who can schedule a visit.  Generally, no children under 16 years are permitted to visit, however in exceptional circumstances, as agreed with the treating team, a visit by a child may be facilitated as long as there is adequate adult supervision and the child strictly follows the precautions.
  3. A patient has the right to decline a visit if they wish to do so.
  4. Depending on demand for visiting slots, an additional visit may be scheduled for the same week, if there is availability on the schedule.
  5. The visit will take place in Woodpark Unit if the patient can leave their room. This is a facility near the main reception where visiting takes place. If the patient is confined to bed, the visit can happen in their room. In some cases, family may be allowed onto the Unit for education on providing care as preparation for discharge.
  6. The Medical Social Worker or any of the nursing team can arrange a visit. They will contact the staff member co-ordinating the visits to request a time slot. We will try to facilitate preferred days, but this cannot always be guaranteed due to the high number of visits to be managed.
  7. Visitors must complete a pre-visit questionnaire 24-48 hours before the visit – this list will also be checked when they arrive to reception. A staff member from the NRH will contact visitors about this.  If any COVID-associated risk is identified, the visit will be postponed.
  8. Visitors will be asked to perform hand hygiene when they arrive at reception, and must wear a cloth face covering or mask for the duration of the visit. Social distancing (2 m) should be maintained for the visit also.  We ask that everyone follows advice regarding cough and sneeze etiquette and any instructions from hospital staff.
  9. On arrival, if a visitor displays any symptoms, or if they attend in breach of any of these guidelines set out for patient and staff safety, they will be asked to leave.
  10. Woodpark, where the visit occurs, is cleaned and aired thoroughly between visits to ensure everyone’s safety: if the visit is in a patient’s room, this will be cleaned after the visitors leave.
  11. There is a bathroom attached to the Woodpark room for visitors’ use.
  12. Eating or bringing in food is not allowed, but bottled water can be provided. Unfortunately, visiting the hospital Cafe is not permitted at this time.
  13. Visitors are asked to leave the hospital directly after the scheduled visiting time.
  14. Hand hygiene should be performed by both visitors and patients at the beginning and the end of the visit.
  15. A record of visitors (name and contact number) will be kept in case there is a requirement for contact tracing.
  • It is extremely important that if you are subsequently confirmed as COVID-19, that you contact the hospital to inform us, to allow appropriate contact tracing and testing. The number to contact will be provided to you when you visit.

The Rehabilitation team are also happy to support patients in maintaining contact with  family and friends via phone, Skype or Zoom calls.

Family members and key support people can also be part of meetings with the team or other key therapy sessions, through Skype or other platforms or via conference calls if the patient would like this to be facilitated.

Please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you need to cough or sneeze, put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands afterwards. Responsible hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette helps to stop the spread of viruses.

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Patient Information – Visitor Restrictions During COVID-19 Phase 3

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We are very aware that an admission to hospital following an injury or illness is a difficult time for you and your loved ones. The National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) welcomes and values contact from family and friends. Having this support helps to make your stay here more comfortable and manageable.

In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the NRH has introduced robust infection prevention and control procedures to help keep patients, family members and staff as safe as possible and to prevent the spread of the virus.

For this reason, members of the public are not permitted to visit the hospital and there are restricted visiting arrangements in place for close family and friends of patients. 

The current guidlines are listed below: please note that these guidelines may change depending on national guidelines and medical advice.  We will keep patients and families informed as guidance is updated.

  1. During the first two weeks of your admission, you will be asked to restrict your movements and avoid contact with other patients in the NRH by staying in your room as much as possible. Therapies will take place in your room during this time.  You may schedule a visit during this time. To arrange a visit, please ask your social worker or a member of the nursing team for assistance.
  2. While an inpatient in the NRH you can have a one-hour visit each week with a maximum of two family members or friends. Ideally these should be the same two people every week to reduce the number of contacts for you, however it is possible to have up to four named persons who can schedule a visit with you.  Generally, no children under 16 years are permitted to visit, however in exceptional circumstances, as agreed with your treating team, a visit by a child may be facilitated as long as there is adequate adult supervision and the child strictly follows the precautions.
  3. It is your right as a patient to decline a visit if you wish to do so.
  4. Depending on demand for visiting slots, you may be able to schedule an additional visit the same week, if there is availability on the schedule.
  5. If you can leave your room, your visit will take place in Woodpark Unit which is a facility near the main reception where visiting takes place. If you are confined to bed your visit can happen in your room. In some cases, your family may be allowed onto the Unit for education on your care as preparation for discharge.
  6. You can ask the Medical Social Worker or any of the nursing team to arrange the visit. They will contact the staff member co-ordinating the visits to request a time slot. We will try to facilitate preferred days, but this cannot always be guaranteed due to the high number of visits to be managed.
  7. Your visitors must complete a pre-visit questionnaire 24-48 hours before the visit – this list will also be checked when they arrive to reception. A staff member from the NRH will contact your visitors about this.  If any COVID-associated risk is identified, the visit will be postponed.
  8. Your visitors will be asked to perform hand hygiene when they arrive at reception. Your visitors must wear a cloth face covering or mask for the duration of the visit. Social distancing (2 m) should be maintained for the visit also.  We ask that everyone follows advice regarding cough and sneeze etiquette and any instructions from hospital staff.
  9. On arrival, if your visitor displays any symptoms, or if they attend in breach of any of these guidelines set out for patient and staff safety, they will be asked to leave.
  10. Woodpark, where the visit occurs, is cleaned and aired thoroughly between visits to ensure everyone’s safety: if the visit is in your room, this will be cleaned after your visitors leave.
  11. There is a bathroom attached to the Woodpark room that your visitors can use.
  12. Eating or bringing in food is not allowed, but bottled water can be provided. Unfortunately, visiting the hospital Cafe with your visitors is not permitted at this time.
  13. You will be brought back to your room after your visit by a member of NRH staff or volunteers and visitors are asked to leave the hospital directly after the visit.
  14. Hand hygiene should be performed by both you and your visitors at the beginning and the end of the visit.
  15. A record of visitors (name and contact number) will be kept in case there is a requirement for contact tracing.
  • It is extremely important that if your visitor is subsequently confirmed as COVID-19, that they contact the hospital to inform us, to allow appropriate contact tracing and testing. The number to contact will be provided to you when you visit.

Your team are also happy to support you with maintaining contact with your family and friends via phone, Skype or Zoom calls.

Family members and key support people can also be part of your meetings with the team or other key therapy sessions, through Skype or other platforms or via conference calls if you would like this to be facilitated.

Please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you need to cough or sneeze, put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands afterwards. Responsible hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette helps to stop the spread of viruses.

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Thank you for your cooperation. We regret any inconvenience these measures may cause.

For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) please www.hse.ie

or call the HSE helpline on 1850 241850

 

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