Acute Hospitals

Our Hospitals - Public Hospitals in Ireland

A wide range of emergency, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation services are provided in Ireland's public hospitals both those managed directly by the HSE and those run by voluntary organisations. Our world class national specialist services include heart, lung and liver transplants, bone marrow transplants, spinal injuries, paediatric cardiac services and medical genetics.

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If you have an injury that is not serious you may be treated in an Injury Unit

Hospital Charges

If you need to attend a public hospital or stay overnight in hospital as a public patient, you may be liable for Hospital Charges. Medical card holders and certain other groups do not have to pay hospital charges.

In-Patient and Day Service Charges

The charge for in-patient/day services is €80 per day up to a maximum of €800 in a year. The charge does not apply to the following groups:

  • Medical card holders
  • People receiving treatment for prescribed infectious diseases
  • People who are subject to “long stay” charges
  • Children referred for treatment from child health clinics and school board examinations
  • People who are entitled to hospital services because of EU Regulations
  • Women receiving maternity services

In cases of excessive hardship, a HSE Area may provide the service free of charge.
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Cancer Control and Screening Services

The HSE's National Cancer Control Programme was set up in 2007 to provide a comprehensive programme of cancer control in Ireland. The National Screening Service (NSS) includes BreastCheck - The National Breast Screening Programme, CervicalCheck - The National Cervical Screening Programme, BowelScreen – The National Bowel Screening Programme and Diabetic RetinaScreen – The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme.

Hospital Groups

The hospitals in Ireland are organised into Seven Hospital Groups. The services delivered include inpatient scheduled care, unscheduled/emergency care, maternity services, outpatient and diagnostic services.

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The Acute Hospitals Division works closely with the Hospital Groups to deliver hospital services throughout the country. These services include inpatient scheduled care, unscheduled/emergency care, maternity services, outpatient and diagnostic services.

 Key functions and offices in the Acute Hospitals Division include:

  • The National Director/Deputy Directors Office
  • The National Clinical Advisor
  • Planning and Performance
  • Special Delivery Unit
  • Quality and Patient Safety

 Read more about the Acute Hospitals Division


Three times daily, at 8am, 2pm and 8pm, Acute Hospitals record the number of patients awaiting admission to an inpatient hospital bed.

This system known as TrolleyGAR (Green, Amber, Red) also displays thresholds for each Hospital. This enables daily monitoring of Hospitals by tracking performance throughout the day. It also helps to inform hospitals in terms of required escalation measures.

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Read or download the weekly INMO Trolley Data