Coronavirus Covid-19 Information

Visiting restrictions

St James’s Hospital is following the HSE national guidance on visiting to acute hospitals. Visiting is subject to the hospital’s ability to facilitate safe visiting, and arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis following a risk assessment and Covid-19 screening. All visiting must be pre-arranged in agreement with the Nurse in Charge on the ward/ unit. Presently, only fully vaccinated visitors are permitted entry to the hospital or those who have had Covid-19 infection or illness in the last nine months. The visiting restrictions in place at St James’s Hospital are in line with National Guidelines and are constantly under review by hospital management.

The hospital regrets any upset that this is causing to our patients and their families, however, these restrictions are necessary for the safety of our patients, staff and community to reduce the further spread of Covid-19 infection. Our support staff are notified daily of patients for whom visiting has been agreed to. No other visitors are allowed. Children are not allowed to visit the hospital.

In line with public health advice, please wear a face covering on arrival to St James’s Hospital.

Please click here for information on how family members can drop essential items to the hospital for patients.

We are encouraging families and loved ones of our patients to keep in touch with them as much as possible by phone, through video calls, by sending them a message via our email service thinkingofyou@stjames.ie, which we will deliver to their bedside and more traditional ways like letters or cards. Devices are available on the wards to facilitate phone and video calls for patients who require assistance or don’t have access to a phone. Please contact the ward to arrange this.

If you are a permitted visitor and are experiencing symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, high temperature and loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, please do not visit St James’s Hospital. For more information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) please see the HSE website or call the HSE helpline on 1850 241850.

Thank you for your continued co-operation and support.

Thinking of you