Visitor restrictions re-introduced at UHK due to outbreak of winter vomiting bug

Strict visitor restrictions have been re-introduced at University Hospital Kerry due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

They’ve been brought in after a number of patients were confirmed to have norovirus.

This fresh outbreak of norovirus – also known as the winter vomiting bug – follows another one at the end of October.

Hospital management say a number of patients have been confirmed to have norovirus.

They say the visitor restrictions aim to protect patients and to stop the spread of the vomiting bug within the hospital.

Visitors are asked to adhere to the visiting times of 2pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm; two visitors are allowed per patient with no children allowed.

They’re also advised they must use alcohol hand gels supplied as they enter and leave the hospital.

There are exceptions to the general visiting hours on three specific wards – Muckross, Rathass and Sceilig – where these wards are closed to all visitors.

Public seeking to visit these wards must have prior approval from the CNM/Ward Managers, these names will be held by security at the main hospital entrance.

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.


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 the spread of the bug.

Anyone with any queries about visiting times or visiting a particular ward should ring the hospital in advance by phone on 066 718 4000.