New Opening Hours- 7 Day Service
The Galway Clinic Emergency Room will operate Monday to Friday from 10 am until 6 pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10 am until 5 pm.
Change in opening times for the Galway Clinic Emergency Room
Our Emergency Room has put together some guidelines for GPs regarding what type of patient that we can treat in the Emergency Room in the Galway Clinic. I hope this will be of some assistance to you. Please do not hesitate to contact the Galway Clinic Accident & Emergency Department if you require any further information on 091 785999.
Patients presenting with a GP referral letter will be charged €175
Patients presenting with no GP referral letter will be charged €225. If the Consultant deems that additional diagnostic tests are required, a fee will apply for these tests, however, all A&E fees are capped at a maximum fee of €595.
Some of the A&E fees and associated charges may be recoverable through the patient’s health insurance, subject to their out-patient excess.
Patients suitable for Emergency Room at the Galway Clinic:
Patients 16 years and over with:
- Acute medical conditions
- Acute cardiology conditions
- Acute surgical conditions
- Acute and sub-acute trauma. (However there is no admission service for acute trauma; patients likely to need fracture reduction or fixation e.g. obvious limb deformity or suspected fracture neck of femur, should be referred to the appropriate HSE service.)
- Acute and sub-acute musculoskeletal conditions
- Sports injuries
- Soft tissue infections
- Suspected DVT (but note Doppler ultrasound is not available after 4 pm or at weekends)
- Children aged 5 years and over with minor injuries
Please call the Emergency Room in advance of referring patients with Eye, ENT, Gynaecology or Urology problems to ensure that the requisite specialist cover is available should onward referral from the ER be necessary.
Patients unsuitable for Emergency Room at Galway Clinic:
- Patients under 16 years with medical or surgical conditions
- Patients requiring resuscitation
- Major trauma
- Head injuries with a reduced level of consciousness
- Maxillofacial problems
- Suspected tendon, nerve or vascular injury
- Acute stroke - patients should be referred via 999 to the appropriate HSE service
- Psychiatric conditions
Chronic ongoing conditions may be referred to the appropriate speciality outpatient service:
- Chronic back pain may be referred to Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon or to our Physiotherapy Department
- Chronic abdominal pain may be referred to surgery or gastroenterology
- Dermatological conditions may be referred to dermatology
- A chronic headache may be referred to neurology
Indications for admission:
- Most conditions are investigated and managed as outpatients.
- There must be clear medical indications for acute admission to the hospital or the insurance companies may fail to pay for the admission.
It is our intention to supply a comprehensive, efficient and seven-day emergency facility. We are pleased to inform you that the involvement of surgeons currently practising at the university hospital in providing cover for our department has now increased.
We welcome your feedback in developing the service.