Visitor Information

Visitors are an important part of the healing process and we welcome visitors to help patients in that process.

Attention: Because of risk of community based  infections to patients in the Hospital children are not allowed to visit.

As a visitor you are welcome to the Mater Private Hospital Cork. Whilst we are flexible on visiting hours, it is important that patients do need to have time to rest and that we have time to carry out essential daily duties.

We ask you to pay particular attention to our infection control advice when planning to visit our hospital.

Hand hygiene is a hugely important factor in preventing and controlling the spread of infections. Please use the hand gels throughout the hospital before and after you come in contact with any patients.

If you have any infection, we would ask that you do not visit, particularly if you have flu, any vomiting or diarrhoea.
If you are ill (ie vomiting or diarrhoea) in any toilet in the hospital, please notify a member of staff so that the area can be disinfected. Even if it appears clean, disinfection will still be required.

It is also important to note that flowers and plants are no longer permitted in any part of the hospital in Dublin or Cork due to infection control requirements. Bacteria can be carried in soil, water or even in the dust collected on plants and flowers.

Visiting Hours

Mater Private Hospital Cork: 2.00pm – 4.00pm and 6.00pm – 9.00pm.

There may be occasions when visiting hours may be restricted by ward staff for reasons such as doctor’s consultations, routine daily procedures or to facilitate periods of rest as deemed necessary by nursing or medical staff. We ask patients and visitors to comply with this. It is in the best interests of patient safety.

If, in exceptional circumstances, a family member requires access outside of stated visiting times, permission is needed from the senior nurse in charge. Please speak to your ward nurse about this to arrange in advance.

Rest, in a calm environment is important for recovery. We ask that consideration is shown for all patients when you are visiting, particularly for those in shared accommodation.

As a visitor to the hospital, we would ask you to please consider the following:

  • Please use hand hygiene facilities on entering and leaving the hospital
  • Do not visit the hospital if you have had diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 3 days
  • Do not visit if you feel unwell or if you think you may be an infection risk to others
  • Do not visit if you have taken alcohol or drugs
  • Please comply with visiting hours
  • Ensure children are supervised at all times
  • Do not bring infants to visit patients
  • Do not sit or lie on patient’s bed
  • Do not access unauthorised areas
  • Have consideration for other patient's needs
  • Nominate a family member as the main point of contact for sharing information regarding patient’s condition to other family members and friends.

Smoking

The Mater Private Hospital Cork is a non-smoking facility. We ask you to respect non-smoking patients by remembering not to smoke under windows.