Keeping you Safe
At Beacon Hospital, the safety of our patients and staff remains our number one priority at all times.
Beacon Hospital would like to reassure our patients that we are committed to maintaining continuity of care during all levels of Covid restrictions.
We are delighted to be able to continue to treat our private patients as well as public patients to do everything we can to alleviate the pressure in the health system during this Covid-19 crisis.
At present, 55% of Beacon Hospital’s ICU capacity and between 15% and 20% of our surgical capacity is being used to treat public patients referred from the HSE. In order to provide this theatre capacity, we have further extended our theatre and diagnostic opening hours later into the evenings and also into the weekends. These steps allow us to assist the public system while also ensuring our private patients receive continuity of care.
Attending medical appointments is defined by the government as an essential journey and therefore, is except from the 5km travel restriction.
All of our departments remain open and we will continue to treat patients with enhanced health and safety standards in place to keep you safe. Please be assured that we are here for you throughout this pandemic.
For more information on our enhanced Covid safety measures, watch our “Keeping you Safe” video on this page.
How We Are Keeping You Safe
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.
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.
Automatic doors have been fitted at various locations throughout the hospital. This reduces the need to touch surfaces such as door handles.
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.
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.
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.
Infection Prevention Control
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These essential measures are for the safety of both the patient and staff members and should be strictly adhered to.
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.
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.
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.
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 by clicking here.