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Referral Information

Accessing our outpatient clinics

Patients wishing to obtain an appointment with the St. Michael’s Hospital outpatient service must first have a referral from one of the following:

  • General practitioner (GP)
  • Emergency Department
  • Consultant to consultant
  • Inpatient referrals originating from an admission
  • Other hospitals or health centres
  • National specialist clinics including National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) and liver services

How are referrals submitted?

GP Referrals can be submitted to the department in person, by post, by fax or electronically via Healthlink.

St Michael’s Hospital
Lower Georges Street
Dun Laoghaire

Electronically: via Healthlink
Fax: (01) 663 9864
By hand: any of the reception desks at St. Michael’s Hospital

What happens after we receive the referral?

The referral is assessed by the consultant team and issued with a priority based on clinical need. An appointment date is issued based on this priority. Note that waiting times vary depending on the specialty.

If referral is urgent priority:
Appointment date is issued and letter confirming date, time and location of the scheduled appointment is sent to both the patient and the GP.

If referral is routine priority:
Patient and GP are notified of the routine priority and given the estimated waiting time for the required specialty. Confirmed appointment dates are issued 6-8 weeks before the confirmed date.