Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise

The Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise (MRHP) provides acute-care hospital services including 24-hour Emergency Department service (ED) and a range of inpatient and outpatient general medical, surgical, obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatric services. It serves a population within the counties of Laois, Kildare, Carlow, Offaly and North Tipperary. MRHP is easily accessed as it is situated off the main national motorway.

The hospital, which was established in 1936, is a Model 3 hospital and is currently part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.

Visiting Information Leaflet

Visiting Information Leaflet - Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise (PDF, size 365.2 KB)


Midland Regional Hospital at Portlaoise aspires to improve the health and well-being of the population it serves by providing person centred, safe and effective care.

Mission Statement

Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to provide quality services grounded in kindness and respect by delivering evidence-informed care; based on teaching and audit whilst supporting staff learning and growth.

Management Team

General Manager: Mr Michael Knowles

Clinical Director: Dr. John Connaughton

Director of Nursing: Ms. Sandra McCarthy

Director of Midwifery: Ms. Ita Kinsella 


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MRH Portlaoise Laboratory User Handbook 14th edition July 2022

MRH Portlaoise Biochemistry pregnancy-related reference ranges


Nutrition and Hydration

View Nutrition and Hydration at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise.

Overview of Capacity

The hospital currently operates with 135 inpatient beds, which includes 39 medical beds, 30 surgical beds, 29 obstetric beds and 21 paediatric beds, elective theatres, and day surgery operating through a day hospital with 16 day beds.

Maternity and gynaecology services

As the group regional provider for maternity and gynaecology services in the Midlands, Portlaoise Hospital will continue to build on the strong collaborative relationship that exists with the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital. A director of clinical integration has been appointed and additional joint obstetrics and gynaecology consultants have been recruited. Read the full Memorandum of Understanding (PDF)

The hospital has recently completed the development of a new Medical Assessment Unit and Day Ward. Once staffed, this development will comprise a 20-bed day ward unit and a 10-bed Medical Assessment Unit expanded endoscopy capacity including associated services.  This development was funded with €7 million capital and additional revenue for medical and nursing staff. The overall development extends to 15,468 sq. ft. An additional €900,000 link corridor to improve patient flow will be built in 2018.

Join Our Team

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise is currently recruiting for registered midwives

MRHP Midwife Brochure (PDF, size 3.3 MB)

Staff Midwife - MRH Portlaoise - Rolling Campaign

Our People

MRHP has a staff headcount of 781. All staff are highly committed to the delivery of high-quality service.

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“The hospital is focused on providing the best hospital based care for the population that is safe, yet innovative, caring and efficient. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Our aim, as part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, is to provide quality services by delivering evidence informed care; based on teaching and audit whilst supporting staff learning and growth.”

Michael Knowles, General Manager Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise