Hospital appointments

Outpatient Appointments

This is an appointment to see a Consultant or have a procedure carried out during the day.

Patients need a referral letter from their General Practitioner (G.P.) in order to obtain an outpatient appointment.  We also accept referrals from other hospitals and from the Emergency Department following assessment.

This Referral Letter should be addressed to:

• By Post - OPD Appointment, Consultant & Specialty, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin 8.
• By hand – Outpatient Reception Desk
SICP Electronic Referral

Please note some departments require a specific referral form to be completed by your GP.

The referral letters are reviewed by the Consultant Team and they decide on the most appropriate appointment time according to medical need.  Patients are informed in writing of the appointment date and time and where you need to go within the hospital (yellow appointment card) within 10 working days of receipt. Please note that waiting times vary depending on the specialty.

St. James’s Hospital provides an Outpatient Text Messaging Reminder Service. This service enables the hospital to send appointment reminders to patients at predefined intervals prior to their scheduled appointment. A Contact number is provided in the text message for patients to ring if they cannot attend for their Appointment. This service is reliant on the accurate capture of the patients own mobile phone number at registration.

It is very important that you remember the following:

• Ensure that your appointment card, date & time is kept in secure place.
• Please bring an up to date list of all your medicines – including the quantities that you are taking on any given day.
• If you have special needs or require an interpreter please highlight this at the time of your appointment.

Contact number for OPD appointments 01 410 3433 / 3434. 

Patients now are using the Kiosks for self registration at the majority of the outpatient clinics, for more information click here.

Inpatient Appointment

This type of appointment usually invovles a stay overnight

There are two main sources of admission

  • emergency cases transferred by ambulance following accidents etc.
  • elective (pre-arranged) admissions.

All pre arranged admission dates are provisional.  You will receive an admission card detailing date, ward and consultant.

Please telephone the Admissions Office on 416 2683 / 2684 / 2687 / 2663 / 2664 at 11.00 am on the morning of your admission date to confirm that a bed is available.

Admission as a private patient is by prior arrangement with your consultant.  Your consultant will contact the Admissions Office to arrange your admission as a private patient.  Private in-patient charges apply.

Cancelling an Appointment

If you are unable to attend on the date scheduled for you (e.g. because of illness or personal reasons) it is really important that you contact the hospital as soon as possible to reschedule.  This appointment can then be allocated to someone else.  However, please note that it may be some time before another admission date or outpatient appointment becomes available.