General Information: Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise

How to get to the hospital

The Midland Regional Hospital at Portlaoise is located on the Block Road which is a link road between the Portlaoise to Dublin Road (R445) and the Portlaoise to Carlow Road (N80).

The hospital is located on the Dublin side of Portlaoise. Entrance to the hospital is via the Block Road entrance. Please note that the entrance from the Dublin Road is an ambulance only entrance/exit.

The hospital is approximately 1.6 kilometres from the centre of town.

There is a number of taxi firms in Portlaoise with appointed taxi ranks located throughout the town and at the railway station.

There are frequent bus and train services to/from Portlaoise.

Visiting Arrangements

The hospital visiting policy is set out below.

Midland Regional Hospital at Portlaoise
Hospital Visiting
Monday - Sunday (including Bank Holidays)
Ward/Unit/           Department General Visiting Special Arrangements Maximum No. Visitors permitted Protected Rest Period
Medical Ward 2.30pm - 4.00pm    7.00pm - 8.30pm ** 2 ____
Coronary Care Unit 7.00pm - 8.30pm By Special Arrangement with Staff 2 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Surgical Ward 2.30pm - 4.00pm   7.00pm - 8.30pm ** 2 ____
Intensive Care Unit 7.00pm - 8.30pm By Special Arrangement with Staff 2 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Maternity Ward 7.00pm - 8.30pm One birthing partner by arrangement with staff   2.00pm - 5.00pm
Special Care Baby Unit   By Special Arrangement with Staff 2 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Paediatric Unit 2.30pm - 4.00pm   7.00pm - 8.30pm ** 2 _____
  • Visiting outside of these times must be discussed and agreed with the Nurse Manager on duty. 
  • Visiting hours may be extended for compassionate reasons or where relatives assist with patients.
  • Visiting time is 20 minutes, and no more than 2 persons should visit a patient at any one time
  • Children under 12 years other than the patient’s own children should not be brought to visit. Children over 12 years must be under the supervision of an adult at all times while in the hospital

·        A patient has the right to decline visitors.

·        Additional restrictions will apply from time to time e.g. during outbreaks of infectious diseases.

The Front Entrance door is closed from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Entrance to the hospital during these hours is via the Emergency Department.

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Car Parking

Public car park spaces are available in a long-term car park and in the short-term car parks. There is a charge for the use of these facilities. Please note that different charges apply at the long-term car park and at the short-term car park. There are pay machines in the hospital grounds and 1 pay station inside the front door of the hospital.

A weekly pass, at a set charge, is available on request from the Cash Office.

Please ensure, when parking your car, you do not obstruct free passage on the hospital roadways or occupy reserved spaces which may be needed in emergencies.

Disabled car park spaces are reserved for permit holders.

There are a small number of 'set-down' spaces situated close to the front door. These are for use in the event of emergency 'set-down' and/or for collection of patients/babies on discharge from the hospital.

Cars parked in non-designated parking spaces may be clamped. A clamp removal fee will apply.

The speed limit within the hospital grounds is 8 kmph. Please observe the speed limit.

The hospital accepts no liability for loss or damage to vehicles parked on hospital property.

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Shop

The Opening Hours of the Cheers Shop/Café Dock which is located in the front hall of the hospital are as follows:

Monday to Friday                                           -           8.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays                 -         11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Shop - Drinks, ice-cream, sweets, daily papers, magazines, cards, gifts and phone credit.

Cafe Menu - fresh sandwiches daily; pastries; juices; soft drinks; tea and coffee.

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Tobacco Free Campus

Since 1st November, 2012 the Midland Regional Hospital at Portlaoise is a tobacco-free campus.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the hospital grounds (i.e. entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, car parks, cars, bicycle shelters etc). 

For Help to QUIT Smoking:

Call the National Smokers Quitline 1850 201 203
Visit www.quit.ie
Join www.facebook.com/HSEquit 

  • Contact your local HSE smoking cessation counsellor
  • Talk to your GP, Pharmacist or Dentist
  • Hospital patients can access smoking cessation support from their nursing/medical team

Pastoral Care

We respect the spiritual practice of all denominations.

Oratory

There is an Oratory situated on the 2nd floor.

Access to the Oratory is via the lift/stairs at the X-Ray Department end of the hospital.

The Oratory is open at all times are all are welcome to use it for private prayer.

Church of Ireland Chaplaincy Services

If a patient or a member of his/her family wishes to speak to a Rector the Rector may be contacted to make an appointment at 057 86 21154 or at portlaoise@leighlin.anglican.org..

The Rector will meet the patient/relative where it is mutually convenient and, if at all possible, will come to the hospital at short notice.

Roman Catholic Chaplaincy Services

The Roman Catholic Chaplaincy for MRHP is provided by the Priests of Portlaoise Parish. The Priest on-call is available 24 hours per day 365 days per year.

If a patient would like to be attended to by the Priest the patient/relative should let the Staff Nurse know.

Holy Communion is distributed every Wednesday and Sunday after 10 a.m. mass.

Services from Portlaoise Parish Church are provided on radio frequency 106.5 fm.

Other Denominations

Nursing Staff will arrange pastoral care for other denominations as required.