We are taking every step possible to ensure the continued safety of our patients and staff. For St. Vincent’s Private Hospital staff, the health and safety of our patients is our priority. Rest assured, we have a number of additional measures in place to reinforce our high standards of safety from continuous disinfecting to strict distancing measures. For more information please read our Covid-19 patient information pre-admission brochure.
If a risk of COVID-19 is identified through screening, your procedure will be rescheduled.
Patients who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 should be cautioned regarding the risk of hospital acquired COVID-19 and advised that despite great care in the acute hospital system this remains a significant risk for non-vaccinated patients.
Our screening procedures are:
- All patients will be required to answer a questionnaire to assess the risk of COVID-19. These questions will be asked over the telephone, prior to their procedure and again on arrival in the hospital.
- A member of our team will also be in contact with you the day before your admission to confirm your arrival time.
- Due to recent changes in HSE guidelines, if you have a planned admission that requires a general anaesthetic, you must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test (taken with 48-72 hrs) upon arrival to the hospital.
- If you require an overnight stay as an inpatient, you will also be required to have a COVID 19 swab after you have been admitted.
- If your GP has referred you to the COVID-19 Testing Centre at St. Vincent’s University Hospital this Testing Centre is located next door to Carew House and Breast Check on the immediate left hand side as you enter the campus from Merrion Road (Eircode: D04 TC63).
Maintaining a safe hospital environment
Our Infection Control team maintain the highest standards and all areas are continually disinfected throughout the hospital and all staff are required to wear face masks at all times.
Patient safety guidelines
Prior to attending the hospital, patients are reminded of the benefits of ensuring that contact is minimised with people outside of their immediate social group to the greatest possible extent and that social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing/sanitising is used to minimise infection risk on a daily basis.
When patients arrive at the hospital, they should follow a few important guidelines:
- Wear a face mask/face covering at all times while you are inside the hospital and ensure it is worn correctly by checking that it completely covers your nose and mouth and fits underneath your chin.
- Practice hand hygiene at all times and use the dispensers around the hospital. Maintain social distancing and observe hospital signage. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Please do not wear disposable gloves into the hospital, these are single use items and should not be worn for extended periods of time. If you are wearing them on your journey to us, please remove on arrival and clean your hands afterwards at one of our hand hygiene stations near the main entrance. To maintain social distancing and avoid congestion, we have strict systems in place to reduce times in waiting areas. Patients are asked to arrive on time for all appointments and where possible, attend their appointment alone.
- If you arrive to the hospital early, we would ask you to wait in your car or outside the building to avoid internal congestion. If you happen to be delayed, please phone the relevant department to let them know.