Strict visitor restrictions in place at University Hospital Kerry due to number of patients with suspected vomiting bug

Strict visitor restrictions have been introduced with immediate effect at University Hospital Kerry due to a number of patients with suspected norovirus – commonly known as the vomiting bug.

The HSE have said this in the interest of patient care and in order to curb the spread of the vomiting bug within the Hospital.

Visitors are asked to adhere strictly to the visiting times at University Hospital Kerry from 2-4pm and 6.30-8.30


Two visitors are allowed per patient with strictly no children allowed to visit. Visitors are asked to please respect these restricted visiting times and the security staff at the hospital who are ensuring the restrictions are adhered to.

There are exceptions to the general visiting hours on five specific wards but, as with all wards, people who have been affected by the bug or who have been in contact with others affected by the bug are asked not to visit any healthcare facility for 72 hours in order to limit / deter the spread of the bug.

  • Intensive Care/ Coronary Care Unit, visiting is welcomed but restricted to immediate family only from 3.00pm – 4.00pm and 6.00pm – 8.00pm daily.
  • Special Care Baby Unit, also known as the Neonatal Unit, visiting is welcomed but restricted to parents and grandparents.
  • Ardagh Medical Rehabilitation Ward visiting times are between 4.00pm – 8.00pm daily.
  • Maternity Unit Labour Ward by agreement with nurse manager day/night. Post Natal Ward – Partners only may visit from 12:30pm to 8.30pm.
  • In the Children’s Ward, parents or guardians may visit anytime.

Anyone with any queries about visiting times or visiting a particular ward should ring the Hospital in advance on Tel: 066 7184000.