Hospital Emergency Departments provide emergency medical care for adults and children. Most Hospital Emergency Departments in Ireland are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Go to or contact your nearest Emergency Department in a crisis or urgent situation.
Some Emergency department staff will have specific training in suicide prevention and some staff specialise in working with suicidal patients. Ask if any of these specialist staff members are available.
Find your nearest Emergency Department:
Search for Emergency Departments in our Find Services section.
You can access Emergency Department services by:
Walk-in self referral (you go directly to the hospital in a crisis or urgent situation). You may be charged for this service.
Visit a G.P. first
Walk in referral by a G.P. (you first visit a G.P. who then refers you to the Emergency Department). Your G.P. will give you a referral letter and you will not be charged for the hospital services.
Contact ambulance services by calling 999. The ambulance may take you directly to the Emergency Department.
What happens when you attend the Emergency Department?
Arrive at the Emergency Department and register your details. Wait until you are called for assessment. It can be difficult, but try to clearly tell the register staff if you are suicidal or at risk of harming yourself.
Initial assessment by a triage nurse. Triage is a process of prioritising patients so as to ensure life threatening illness and injuries are seen first. During this assessment, your visit will be prioritised according to medical needs. Again, it’s very important to clearly tell the nurse if you are suicidal or at risk of harming yourself.
Wait to be called
Following assessment, you may be directed to another area for attendance by a health professional or told to return to the waiting room until you are called. If your condition changes, let the Emergency Department staff know of the change.
See a nurse or doctor
Assessment and treatment by a nurse or doctor.
After assessment and treatment
Once treated, you may be discharged (sent home) from the hospital or referred to a G.P./ other medical professional; admitted to hospital; given an out-patient appointment; or referred on to another department within the hospital.