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Help us to minimise infections

Infection Control

All visitors are asked to clean their hands with antibacterial gel on arrival and when leaving the hospital and are urged not to travel to the hospital if they are unwell. Antibacterial gel is widely available throughout the hospital.


Infection Prevention & Control

We take cleanliness and infection prevention and control very seriously. Infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or Clostridium Difficile can prolong any hospital stay.

Many hospital infections can - and are - being avoided. To control hospital infections effectively, our staff need the support and co-operation of our patients and visitors.


As a visitor, you can help us by always washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water if you use toilet facilities before or during your visit to the hospital. Some ways to practice good infection prevention are listed below:

  • Use the alcohol gel hand rub from the dispenser at the entrance to the hospital
  • If you forget to clean your hands there, use one of the many other dispensers around. For example dispensers can be found on the main staircase, or beside the lift entrances
  • Clean your hands thoroughly with alcohol gel rub before you enter or leave a ward or clinical area
  • All you have to do is put a few drops of gel on your hands, rub it around and through your fingers, and let it evaporate

Please ensure you do not visit someone in hospital if you are suffering, or recovering, from any infectious illness, which you could pass on. Avoid coming to visit if you have any symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting, cough, cold or flu.

If you have children who wish to visit Mum in hospital, please ensure they are not brought in if they are suffering, or recovering, from the same illnesses. Tell any friends or other relatives who might be planning a visit also.

By sitting or lying on the bed, germs can be transmitted to the patient. Please sit on the chair provided and make sure that any children you may have with you do not play or lie on the floor.

Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital
Cork St.
Dublin 8.

Tel: +353-1-408 5200
Fax: +353-1-453 6033

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