COVID-19 service delivery changes. Emergency Department will  operate an appointments only system until further notice.

There is no walk-in service.

For A+E appointments ONLY please ask your patient to phone 01 664 4600

Emergency Department referrals can be sent via Healthlink

Ophthalmology opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 0800hrs – 1700hrs
Saturday and Sunday: 0900hrs – 1700hrs

ENT opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 0900hrs – 1600hrs


The Emergency Department provides an EMERGENCY CARE SERVICE for EYE, EAR, NOSE, THROAT, HEAD and NECK (ENT-HN) conditions.

It is advised if at all possible to contact your G.P. before attending the the Emergency Department. For eye related issues you may also contact your local optician.

There is a €100 government levy payable for those attending without a GP referral letter. There is no charge for those attending with a GP referral letter or for ophthalmology patients attending with an Optician’s referral letter.

Government Levy: As of the 1st January 2020 the €100 Government Levy will cover patients for A&E attendances for 30 days following their initial attendance in the A&E.

Opening Hours:

Ophthalmology Monday – Friday 08:00 – 19:00 However, please be advised that there is a reduced emergency service between 17:00 – 19:00 for acute emergencies
Weekends and Bank Holidays – 08:00 – 19:00 Acute emergencies only
All Days 19:00 – 08:00 Doctor to Doctor referral only, with prior telephone agreement. There is no walk in service at this time.
ENT-HN** Monday – Friday 09:00 – 16:00 There is no emergency ENT service outside of these hours.  No bank holiday or weekend service available.
G.P. Link 086 852 0846

** ENT-HN = Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck

Referring children to Ophthalmology

There is no age limit for Ophthalmology patients, but some younger children may in some cases be better served in a paediatric setting (For example: Neonatal babies should be referred back to neonatal service).  Children under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.


Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 9 am -4 pm.
Closed all day Saturday and Sunday.

The RVEEH ENT ED is a dedicated specialist service for patients aged 14 years and upwards with Urgent ENT conditions.

The service is designed to treat patients with short-term, usually less than one week, ENT conditions outlined below :
Acute Bleeding from the ear, nose or throat
Acute infection of the ear such as otitis externa
Acute tonsil abscess or quinsy
Acute hearing loss

Patients with symptoms suspicious of Head and Neck Malignancy will be seen, assessed and referred, as appropriate to a dedicated Head and Neck OPD

Non-urgent ENT conditions :
Patients with non-urgent ENT conditions should be referred to an appropriate ENT OPD with
reference to their home address.

The RVEEH ENT ED does not offer an ear – wax removal service

All patients under the age of 14 must be referred to a paediatric hospital.