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.

Opening Hours:

Ophthalmology Monday – Friday 08:00 – 20:00 However, please be advised that there is a reduced emergency service between 17:00 – 20:00 for acute emergencies

Weekends and Bank Holidays – 08:00 – 20:00

Acute emergencies only
All Days 20:00 – 08:00 Acute emergencies only through doctor to doctor referral by telephone arrangement
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 gp.liaison@rveeh.ie

** 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.

Referring children to ENT

Patients must be above the age of 14 to be seen at the Emergency Department for ENT issues and all patient below the age of 14 must be referred to the appropriate paediatric hospital.