The Master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin has said feedback has been "tremendously positive" to a move by the hospital which sees the return of partners being able to accompany mothers-to-be to the key 20 to 22-week anomaly scan.

The Dublin city centre hospital lifted a ban a month ago on partners coming for key anomaly scans.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Dr Fergal Malone said the hospital schedules visits to "try and maximize the time for the scan and the distance between patients".

He also said all patients, staff and visitors wear face coverings throughout the hospital.

Dr Malone said the facilities and physical layout of the Rotunda lend themselves to allow foetal assessments to be carried out in an entirely separate part of the hospital from general outpatients' areas.

"This will not be the case for all maternity hospitals," he said.

The relatively high reproductive rate of Covid-19 in the geographical location of the Rotunda is always closely monitored, Dr Malone said.

"At the moment we are not seeing a large number of Covid-19 positive pregnant patients. 

Every person who visits the hospital as a patient or a visitor is screened for symptoms at the front door. 

Every person admitted for delivery or for surgery is having a Covid test done prior to admission. 

"This gives us a very good handle on exactly what is going on with Covid-19 on a day-to-day basis and that allows us to make informed decisions," he said.

Earlier this month the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu called for visitor restrictions at maternity hospitals in the capital to be lifted.