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COVID-19 Hospital Information

At Beacon Hospital, keeping you safe is our primary concern. We maintain the highest standards when it comes to the safety and well-being of our patients and staff. We take great pride in the fact that we have had no hospital acquired transmissions of Covid-19 and remain Covid free.

We want to reassure you that we have put in place extraordinary measures to keep you safe. We have actioned all recommendations from our in-house Infection Prevention Control Team and the HSE. All of our departments and services are operational, so if you are worried about your health, please do not put off coming to hospital.

For more information on our enhanced Covid safety measures, watch our “Keeping you Safe” video on this page.

How We Are Keeping You Safe:

Assessment Stations:

All staff, and those attending Beacon Hospital, must have their temperature checked and complete our Covid Screening questionnaire before entering. We have developed a new App which allows patients to complete questionnaires in advance of their attendance.

High-Tech Thermal Scanners:

We have installed new high-tech thermal scanners. These will allow for a more efficient flow of patients and staff through the hospital.

COVID Free:

Our in-house Infection Prevention Control Team led by Prof Philip Murphy, Consultant Medical Microbiologist, follow strict HSE guidelines and have ensured that we have had no hospital acquired transmissions of COVID-19. This is an extraordinary feat which the entire hospital team will be striving to maintain. At this moment in time, Beacon Hospital remains COVID free.

Single Rooms:

The majority of patient rooms in Beacon Hospital are single, en suite rooms. This gives patients the comfort of space and distance from other patients.

Socially Distant Waiting Areas:

All waiting room areas have been rearranged to allow for social distancing.  All two and three seating arrangements have been removed and replaced with single seating. In smaller waiting areas, Plexiglas screens have been installed for enhanced protection.

Enhanced Cleaning:

Our dedicated housekeeping team have implemented enhanced cleaning schedules throughout the hospital. A major focus has been put on increased cleaning frequency of all doors, lifts buttons, stair rails, reception areas and seating.

Automatic Doors:

Automatic doors have been fitted at various locations throughout the hospital. This reduces the need to touch surfaces such as door handles.

Additional Hand Sanitiser Stations:

We have installed over 50 new hand sanitiser stations in all hospital areas and outpatient clinics. We encourage patients and staff to use these as frequently as possible.

Pre-Op COVID-19 Assessment and Self-Isolation:

All patients attending the hospital for surgical procedures which require a general anaesthetic will be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission. They are also advised to cocoon for the 14 days leading up to their planned procedure. This essential measure is for the safety of both the patient and staff members and should be strictly adhered to. Please click here for more information.

No Visitors:

In order to reduce the risk of infection, we have had to implement visiting restrictions. Exceptions will be made only for critical and end of life patients with prior arrangement from the Nursing Supervisor. Please note that children will not be permitted to visit at this time.

Patients Only:

We request all patients attending the hospital to attend alone. Staff are available to assist patients needing help and family members are asked to remain outside the premises. There are various coffee shops in the vicinity where family members can wait should they prefer this to waiting in the car.

Staff PPE & Training:

We have ample stock of all necessary PPE equipment. All Beacon Hospital staff have undergone extensive training in the correct use of this equipment. Staff receive ongoing refresher training and are familiar and extremely competent in the correct use of PPE.

Masks and Gloves:

Face masks or coverings are now mandatory for all entering the Hospital. Exemptions will be made only in the case of medical reasons which contraindicate the wearing of face coverings. We do not recommend that patients wear gloves. Patients who attend wearing gloves may be asked to remove these and sanitise their hands upon arrival.

Hand Hygiene:

All staff are continuing to maintain the strictest level of hand hygiene. Hand hygiene is performed regularly with particular attention being paid after patient contact. We encourage patients to practice this level of hand hygiene also. You may be asked by staff members throughout your hospital journey to wash or sanitise your hands at certain times. We ask that you comply with these requests.

Safety Signage:

Throughout the hospital we have ample signage to remind patients to continue to practice hand hygiene, adhere to social distancing and other safety standards in place. We ask that patients please act in accordance with these essential measures at all times.

Full Services Available:

Due to the highly effective health and safety measures in place, we have been able to continue to offer our full range of services throughout the duration of the pandemic. We encourage patients who are concerned about their health not to delay attending. To do so could have a negative, or in some cases, a lasting impact on your health.

Information Leaflets:

We have produced patient information leaflets on COVID-19. These provide reliable information on the virus and advice on safety guidelines. Please feel free to read and take a copy of these brochures home with you. The information is relevant not only to the hospital, but also to daily life in a world with Covid-19.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: You should not attend Beacon Hospital if you have respiratory symptoms, have travelled aboard in the past two weeks or have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19. Please note that all visits to patients have been suspended. If you have an appointment at the hospital, we request that you attend unaccompanied where possible.  Scheduled surgeries and appointments will continue as normal unless you have been contacted to say otherwise. If you are in a high-risk category and have an appointment with us, please phone first to let us know. You can find a list of high risk categories here: https://bit.ly/2LLkD1m

Visiting Restrictions

Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19 throughout our country, we have had no choice but to suspend the visiting of patients in Beacon Hospital. We sincerely apologise for any upset caused to patients, their families and friends. We assure you that these measures have come into force with the sole intention of protecting your loved ones and our staff.

Exceptions will be made only for critical and end of life patients with prior arrangement from the Nursing Supervisor. Under these circumstances, visitors may be allowed to enter for a limited amount of time and may be asked to wear special protective over-clothing. Children may not be permitted to enter the hospital due to the risk of infection.

We encourage families and friends of patients to ‘visit’ them virtually, by means of facetime, whatsapp, phone or social media channels. If your loved one does not have access to a smart device, please have them ask their nurse and we will do our best to arrange use of same. Please note that all patients have a landline on their bedside locker. This can be used to make and receive calls to family members and friends also.

Scheduled Appointments and Surgeries

All patients attending the hospital for surgical procedures which require a general anaesthetic will be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission. The cost of this test will be covered in full by the patient’s private health insurance provider. As an additional safety measure, patients must cocoon for the 14-day period leading up to their procedure.

Patients should attend alone where at all possible. Where circumstances dictate, a maximum of one person may be granted permission to enter with the patient. Any others who come along will be asked to wait off the premises as per infection prevention measures.

If you have a procedure or appointment scheduled and think you have been exposed to COVID-19,  do not attend Beacon Hospital. Instead, please contact us on 01 293 6600 and a member of staff will assess your situation over the phone. Where clinically indicated, your surgery or appointment may be rescheduled. This is highly important and will help us to protect both you, and other more vulnerable patients in our care.

Advice for Anyone Exposed to COVID-19

Persons who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days must self-isolate. As persons are contagious before symptoms start to appear, it is important to eliminate contact with others if you know you have been exposed to the virus.

If you have been exposed and have symptoms of COVID-19 please follow the advice on www.hse.ie. Remember, the majority, over 80%, of infected persons will not need medical attention. However, if you do think you require medical attention, phone your GP, HSE Live on 1850 24 1850, or in urgent cases contact Emergency Services on 112 or 999.

Please note that Beacon Hospital is not a designated receiving hospital for COVID-19. In following guidelines from the HSE and HSPC, Beacon Hospital will not be in a position to accept patients with COVID-19. Patients with suspected COVID-19 or respiratory issues should first phone, and then visit their nearest designated receiving hospital. A list of these hospitals can be found by clicking HERE.

Useful Links:

European Centre for Disease Control latest updates: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/geographical-distribution-2019-ncov-cases

HSE Covid-19 and Travel: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/travel-and-coronavirus.html

Coronavirus (COVID-19) World Cases Tracker: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries