Visiting restrictions imposed at Portiuncula Hospital

Galway Daily news Portiuncula Hospital restricting visitation amid Flu & COVID outbreaks

Portiuncula University Hospital has asked families and loved ones of inpatients to ensure that the number of visitors to the hospital is kept to a minimum.

Patients at the hospital are being allowed just two visitors per day to minimise the exposure of vulnerable patients to viruses.

Portiuncula Hospital also reminded visitors that mask wearing is mandatory in all areas of the hospital.

Visiting hours are strictly 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm in the main wards.

Hospital manager James Keane said that there are significant levels of flu, Norovirus and Covid in the wider community, and that they are very concerned about the risk to vulnerable patients.

“We know that limiting visits is not easy for patients and their families,” said Mr Keane.

“However, this measure is being taken in order to protect our patients, many of whom are already very ill.

“We need to be vigilant in order to stop the spread of COVID-19, flu and other infections in our hospital and we are appealing to our community to help us.”

He said that it is vital that visitors follow the mask wearing guidelines.

“Again, this is to minimise sick and vulnerable patients to the risk of been exposed to the flu, Norovirus and COVID-19.”

People with recent symptoms of COVID-19, Norovirus or flu are asked not to visit the hospital.

The hospital is also appealing to people not to visit the hospital if they have had contact with individuals with these symptoms.