Visiting Hours and Guidelines

Visiting Arrangements in the Adult Hospital
Visitors are regarded as an important part of the patient's day and are very welcome. To find out what ward a patient is in, please ask at the main reception desk and they will direct you to the ward. Alternatively, you can ring (01) 414 2000 and the staff will tell you.
The welfare of the patient must, however, always be taken into consideration. If the patient is likely to become unduly upset or tired, certain visiting restrictions may be imposed. Patients need adequate rest to help the healing process.

  • Daily visiting hours in the Adult Hospital are from 2pm-4pm and 6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Visits to patients in the Intensive and Coronary Care Units are restricted. Please talk to the nurses in charge. They will let you know if it is possible to visit.
  • Visiting hours for our Psychiatric Unit are between 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm daily

Please note that as a health and safety measure, flowers are not permitted at the Hospital.


Visiting Arrangements in the National Children's Hospital (NCH)
The NCH encourages parents to visit and stay with their child whenever possible, day and night. Family members such as siblings, aunts or grandparents may be allowed to visit; however, we would ask that you check with the nursing staff.


Visiting Guidelines
Visitors are regarded as an important part of the patient's day and are very welcome at Tallaght Hospital. Please note Patient safety is our number one priority. We have strict policies on infection prevention and control which apply to everyone: staff, patients and visitors. We would ask all visitors observe the following: 

  • Only two visitors permitted to visit at any one time
  • The Hospital is a no smoking hospital this includes the use of electronic smoking devices
  • To avoid bringing infection into the ward, visitors are asked not to visit if they're suffering from colds, flu or infections
  • If you are bringing food into patients, please check with the staff in charge - this is to decrease the risk of food contamination and patients may also be on a restricted diet
  • Use visitor toilets rather than patient toilets this reduces the risk of cross-infection
  • Please dispose of any litter properly, help us to keep our communal areas and entrances clean. This includes lifts and stairwells.
  • Please note that for infection control reasons flowers or plants are not permitted
  • Please note that visiting during mealtimes is forbidden. This enables patients’ to eat and enjoy their meals uninterrupted, an essential requirement for good nutrition so our patients can recover more quickly. The only exception to this is if you are a carer providing assistance with a patient’s mealtime
  • Never bring alcohol or drugs to patients

End of life symbolIf you see this symbol when visiting the wards please be aware of its importance. This spiral symbol means that a patient is imminently dying or has died. We would ask all visitors to be respectful and avoid mobile phone use and to be prepared to meet people who are grieving during your time on the ward.