Covid-19 restrictions for partners of expectant mothers are to be eased from Monday at the Rotunda Hospital.
This follows the controversy that broke out after an RTÉ film crew was granted access to the hospital.
This resulted in the hospital receiving backlash as it granted access to a documentary film crew while restrictions for partners remained.
The decision was also met with criticism by Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.
The hospital announced this morning that it will ease the current restrictions and extend visiting hours for partners.
The Rotunda stated that the changes have been made as a result of the vaccine rates and not the controversy, stating that there has been a “significant uptake in Covid-19 vaccination rates” amongst its patient population.
The hospital stated, “In response to this significant improvement in vaccination rates, effective Monday September 13, 2021, the Rotunda will now be able to extend visiting hours for partners to 08.00am to 08.00pm each day.”
It added that all other existing access controls that are in place to keep patients safe will continue to apply.
Visiting arrangements will be close to pre-pandemic levels and will remain vastly more accessible to arrangements that remain at almost all acute general hospitals in the state.
Certain restrictions still remain, such as partners being allowed to join pregnant women once they have been moved to a delivery suite.
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