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New Maternity Unit visiting times at Letterkenny University Hospital

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New Maternity Unit visiting times at Letterkenny University Hospital

Margaret Page Slevin and baby Nevaeh from Convoy in the Maternity Department at Letterkenny University Hospital. The hospital has introduced new visiting times for the Maternity Department.

Following feedback from new parents and in line with best practice guidelines internationally, the Maternity Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital is introducing new visiting times.

Speaking of the change, Evelyn Smith, Director of Midwifery at the hospital said, “We sought feedback from new mothers on our visiting policy and the overwhelming message was that there were too many visitors during their hospital stay and there was little time for the new parents to spend time together with their new baby.

“With this in mind we have changed our visiting policy in the Maternity Unit. Partners are welcome between 11am and 8.30pm daily. This will allow time for rest and establishing a routine with the baby. Apart from partners, the only other visitors allowed will be grandparents and siblings of the newborn who may visit between 6.30pm and 8.30pm in the evening.”

“We are asking for the public to help us maintain a restful and comfortable environment for mothers and babies while they are in the Maternity Unit and to co-operate with the new visiting times. I would like to thank all the mothers who participated in the feedback for their insights and recommendations.”

* The visiting times in Sligo University Hospital which caters for much of south Donegal remain unchanged - those times were changed in 2017 and are as follows: 

Open visiting for Partners  until 20.30hrs;

Grandparents and newborn siblings are permitted to visit between 6.30pm-8.30pm;

Other visitors will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances. This will be at the discretion of the Clinical Midwifery Manager or Midwife in Change.