COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions announced by Nursing Homes Ireland
Updated 31st March 2020
Protecting the Health of Our Residents & Home Staff
For the protection of nursing home residents, Nursing Homes Ireland has confirmed that visiting restrictions are now in place in nursing homes nationwide.
Our residents, the majority of them being over 65, are an at-risk group, as are those who have a long-term medical condition – for example, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or liver disease. As such we will be employing clinical judgement and every precaution to protect the health of our residents, and indeed the health of our valued home staff, should there be a confirmed case of coronavirus in Ireland.
The HSE advises that the flu vaccine does not protect against coronavirus.
No non-essential visiting, children or groups will be allowed.
- All visitors are asked to contact our nursing homes prior to attending – contact details for all our homes are listed here.
- Visitors should only seek to attend in urgent circumstances
- Management reserve the right to impose full restrictions where necessary
We urge prospective visitors to nursing homes to be cognisant and understanding of the measure that is required in the interest of resident and staff safety.
Older people and people in nursing homes with pre-existing medical conditions are particularly vulnerable if they contact the virus. The virus presents an unprecedented situation for our nursing homes and the care provided within them. Nursing homes have imposed the visitor restrictions in the best interests of residents and staff.
We thank people for their understanding and patience during this period of unprecedented challenges presented by #Covid19. Nursing Homes Ireland is monitoring the evolving situation on an ongoing basis and is in continuous contact with the Department of Health National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), HSE Ireland and all relevant health authorities.
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HSE East: 01 635 2145
HSE Midwest: 061 483 338
HSE Northwest: 071 985 2900
HSE South: 021 492 7601
HSE Midlands: 057 935 9891
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HSE West: 091 775 200