In an emergency the "blue light" services - Garda Síochána, ambulance, fire and Irish Coast Guard - can be contacted by phoning 112 or 999 (www.112.ie).
Do you know your Eircode? The National Emergency Operations Centre within the National Ambulance Service uses Eircodes to send out ambulances. Make a note of your Eircode and put it somewhere visible in case it is needed in an emergency situation. Information about Eircodes can be found at www.eircode.ie.
Can you give good directions to your home? Make a list of easy to follow directions to your location and put them in a visible place. Remember, in an emergency it can be difficult to think clearly - so take the thinking out of it by preparing your directions in advance. Remember - time is precious in an emergency situation.
When to call an ambulance:
You should always call 112 or 999 in a life-threatening emergency, if someone is seriously ill or injured, and their life is at risk. Examples of medical emergencies include (but are not limited to):
- chest pain
- difficulty in breathing
- severe loss of blood
- severe burns or scalds
- fitting or concussion
- severe allergic reactions
NOTE: If you require the ambulance service in an emergency, call 999 or 112 as this will allow the Emergency Call Taker within the National Emergency Operations Centre to guide you and explain to you what you should do using step-by-step approach until the ambulance arrives to you.
If it is not a life-threatening emergency and you, or the person you are with, do not need immediate medical attention, consider other options before you dial 999 or 112:
- Look after yourself or the patient at home. If you cannot stay at home, see if family or friends are able to help.
- Talk to your local pharmacist.
- Visit or call your GP.
- Make your own way to your hospital emergency department
Choose the best treatment for your needs. It allows the ambulance service to help the people who need them the most.
Click here to find out more about the ambulance service.