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Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at St Michaels Hospital is open from 08.00 to 20.00 seven days a week.

The Emergency Department at St Michaels Hospital caters for patients over the age of 14 only. Children under the age of 14 will need to seek emergency care at their nearest paediatric Emergency Department.

Patients may arrive to the Emergency Department via an ambulance or self-present or be referred from their General Practitioner

If you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID -19) or any other respiratory illness including cough, shortness of breath, high temperature or breathing difficulties please inform the receptionist on your arrival to the Emergency Department.

You will be directed to the reception area on your arrival where you will be greeted by the receptionist on duty who will collect essential registration details so that a set of medical records can be prepared. Details will include particulars such as name, date of birth, address, phone number and GP details.

The patient will be provided with an identification bracelet. Any notes from previous Emergency Department attendances will also be accessed.

Patients are then assessed and triaged by a nurse and given a priority category which will determine the urgency with which they will be seen. Priority is given to patients with life threatening injuries or illnesses but we will ensure that we see all patients in a timely manner.

Staff make every effort to keep patients and their families/friends updated with information on waiting times.

Once seen by a doctor or nurse practitioner there may be a further wait for diagnostic tests, such as blood tests or X rays, if required.

Some diagnostic tests or procedures may not be available on site and if any of these tests/procedures are required safe transfer will be arranged to another hospital.

You may also be required to attend another facility to avail of specialist services not available in St Michaels Hospital, either on the same day or at a later date.

Please contact 01 6639815 if you have any queries regarding the services available in the Emergency Department of St Michaels Hospital or to enquire about a patient in the Emergency Department.


Lead emergency department clinician: Dr Navin Ramphul


Emergency Department FAQ


What is Emergency Medicine?

Emergency medicine is a speciality with the knowledge and skills required for the diagnosis and management of acute and urgent illness and injury affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of episodic undifferentiated physical and behavioural disorders. International Federation for Emergency Medicine.

Do I need to go to the Emergency Department? Can I visit a GP out of hours?

There is a local GP service which will provides you and your family with access to family doctor services outside of normal hours.


  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 18.00- 22.00 and Sat-Sun 10.00- 18.00
  • Location: St. Michael’s Hospital, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • Tel: (01) 663 9869

Is there any other Emergency Department I can go to?

St Vincents University Hospital Emergency Department, Elm Park, Dublin 4.

  • Opening hours: 24 hours
  • Tel: (01) 221 4358

Loughlinstown Injuries Unit, St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin (for patients aged 14yrs or older)

  • Opening hours: Mon-Sun from 08.00 -18.00 (inc Bank Holidays)
  • Tel: (01) 211 5238/ 5084

Can I access any health information online about my symptoms?

If you’re looking for reliable information on-line regarding your illness / medical condition these websites are a good place to start:

For practical advice on how to mind yourself or your family when you’re sick visit or

What should I bring with me to the Emergency Department?

  • Letter from your GP if you have been referred by them
  • List of current medications
  • Information about any previous medical conditions or your medical history
  • A list of allergies you have to any medications
  • CDs/reports of any scans relevant to your current problem

What are your opening hours?

The Emergency Department in St. Michaels Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year. In exceptional circumstances, based on a local risk assessment, it may be necessary to close or suspend the registration of newly presenting patients for a period of time.

I’m looking for information on a relative/friend/neighbour who is a patient, who can I call?

We encourage patients to stay in touch with relatives directly to keep them updated as phoning the Emergency Department can distract nurses and doctors from providing care to the patients. If this is not possible we would ask that you nominate one member of the family to act as a liaison with the Emergency Department. We are unfortunately only able to give very limited information over the ‘phone in the interests of respecting patient confidentiality.

Do you treat children?

The Emergency Department at St. Michaels Hospital caters for patients aged 14 years and older only.

How much does it cost to attend the Emergency Department?

A Health Act Charge of €100 is payable at time of registration for all patients attending the Emergency Department with the following exemptions:

  • If the patient has been referred by their GP that day (GP letter must be presented on arrival).
  • If the patient is a Medical Card Holder (valid medical card must be presented on arrival).
  • Temporary EU tourists who present a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) on arrival.

In some other circumstances there may be further exemptions to the Health Act Charge. If you fall under one of these categories you will be informed at time of registration. For more information regarding exemptions please see the HSE website
A Health Act Charge of €300 applies to Non-EU residents attending the Emergency Department.

How long will I be waiting?

We aim to see patients as soon as we can. Some patients with a less serious problem may have to wait a little longer. The length of time a patient will be waiting will depend on their complaint and how sick they are. It is not possible for us to give a precise time, but a member of the nursing staff will make an assessment on arrival and allocate one of our clinical team who will see patients at the earliest possible opportunity.

I have a letter from my GP, will I be seen any quicker?

Having a letter from your GP will certainly help us to provide you with the most appropriate care. However you will still need to be reviewed by a triage nurse when you arrive, who will assign you with a triage category. This clinical assessment at triage determines the order in which you will be seen.

If I phone can you tell me if I need to attend the Emergency Department?

Unfortunately we are not able to give medical advice over the phone. We encourage patients to contact their GPs in the first instance.

Do patients who arrive by ambulance get seen more quickly?

No. All patients will be seen by the triage nurse, who will assign a triage category. This clinical assessment determines the order in which patients are seen.

Can you send me an ambulance?

Our staff unfortunately cannot organise an ambulance to bring you to the Emergency Department.

Can I get a copy of my notes? Can you tell me my blood results?

If you are discharged by the Emergency Department staff, a detailed letter summarising the findings of any tests performed will be posted to your GP. If you wish to receive copies of your own notes this must be requested in writing under Freedom of Information.


tel: (01) 663 9815


Beside the main entrance
St. Michael’s Hospital
Lower George’s St
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

A96 P902

Opening Hours

Mon to Sun:  8.00-  20.00