What you should know about Emergency Departments
There are 29 Emergency Departments on 28 hospital sites in Ireland. For a profile of each department, please click here.
EDs are staffed by teams of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who work together to identify and treat patients' emergency health problems. Once a patient receives the emergency care they need, the next steps in their care are planned. Some patients need to be admitted to hospital; most can be cared for by their General Practitioner (GP) or followed up at a hospital out patient clinic. It can be difficult for people to know whether to go to their local ED, phone for an ambulance or contact their GP or other services. If you, or a family member, think you need emergency care, you can come immediately to the ED.