Portiuncula Hospital Admissions, Ballinasloe



The Admissions Department is located on the ground floor of the hospital. Using the main entrance turn right after reception and take 1st left after the Coffee Shop.  Continue along the corridor until you arrive at the Admissions Department. Using the Emergency Entrance on the lower ground floor proceed along the corridor and take the stairs or lift to the ground floor (button G on lift).   On the ground floor turn right into the Admissions Department.


Opening Hours

The office operates from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday for all Day Care patients, maternity patients and elective (planned booked) admissions. On Sundays, the office operates from 1pm to 6pm for elective admissions. At all other times, the office operates from the Emergency Department reception desk.

Elective admissions are asked to arrive at the hospital between 2pm and 4pm. It is essential to ring the admissions department before midday on the day of your planned admission to confirm bed availability.


Contact Phone Numbers

Main Admissions Office 090 9648253

Out of Hours 090 9648373

Main Reception Desk 090 9648200


Collection of Information

As part of routine procedures, hospital staff collect detailed personal information about patients attending the hospital. Some of this information is recorded on the hospital's computer system for further reference during the patient's current attendance and on any future occasions when they may return to the hospital.


Documentation Required

  • Admission Letter: this is the letter you receive confirming your admission to the hospital.
  • Medical Card: if you are a holder of a medical card, it is important that you bring the card with you to the hospital - the number alone will not suffice.
  • Private Insurance: if you have private insurance (e.g. VHI, Quinn Healthcare, Hibernian Aviva, Garda Medical Aid, ESB Scheme), you will be asked to provide the subscriber's name and membership number on admission. As a service to you, the hospital has a direct payment arrangement with VHI and Quinn Healthcare (formerly BUPA). 



Every effort will be made to meet your accommodation preference depending upon occupancy rates at the time of admission.

If you choose to be a public inpatient:

  • You will be required to avail of a public bed. You are not a private patient of any consultant and you do not pay consultant fees.

If you choose to be a private inpatient:

  • You will be required to avail of a private or semi-private bed. You are the private patient of your own consultant and also of the other consultants involved in your care (e.g. radiologist, pathologist, anaesthetist etc.) and are liable for all consutants' fees and accommodation.

Current hospital fees for both public and private patients are displayed in the admissions department.


EU Patients

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) Holders

An EHIC card entitles the holder to reduced-cost, sometimes free, medical treatment that becomes necessary while in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland . The EEA consists of the European Union (EU) countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.  Switzerland applies the EHIC arrangements through an agreement with the EU.   The EHIC is valid in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus (but not Northern Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lativa, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The quickest and easiest way to get an EHIC is to apply online at www.ehic.ie.


What does the EHIC cover?

The EHIC is normally valid for three to five years and covers any medical treatment that becomes necessary during your trip, because of either illness or an accident.  The card gives access to state-provided medical treatment only, and you’ll be treated on the same basis as an ‘insured’ person living in the country you’re visiting. You may have to make a contribution to the cost of your care.



The hospital management wishes to assure all patients that any personal details held by the hospital will be treated in the strictest of confidence and will not be disclosed to anyone who is not directly concerned with the patient's treatment.