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How to find pharmacies, medical help and emergency assistance in Ireland

EMERGENCIES

In case of a serious accident, first contact emergency services dialling 999 (in the Republic of Ireland, you can also call 112) and then call the Nordic Visitor 24/7 phone as soon as you can to notify us about the situation.

GENERAL HEALTH CARE

In Ireland, most health care is provided by the Health Service Executive (HSE). For inquiries about non-life-threatening health conditions and services, call the HSE helpline at +353 (0) 416 850 300 between 8 AM and 10 PM Monday to Friday. If you have a situation to report that is not an emergency, call your local Garda (police) station.

In Northern Ireland, health care is provided by the Health & Social Care Services (HSC). For non-life-threatening/non-emergency situations, such as to report something lost or stolen, dial 101 to file a report with the police.

PHARMACIES/CHEMISTS IN IRELAND

Phone the HSE helpline at +353 (0) 416 850 300 or look on the HSE website to find your nearest pharmacy. Major pharmacy chains include Boots and Hickey’s, and opening hours are normally 9 AM – 6 PM, Monday to Friday, and 9 AM or 10 AM to 1 PM or later on Saturdays. Large pharmacies in bigger cities, like Dublin, are usually open on Sundays as well, but in the small towns in the countryside they may be closed.

PHARMACIES/CHEMISTS IN NI

For Northern Ireland, visit http://servicefinder.hscni.net/ to find your nearest pharmacy. Major pharmacy chains include Boots and Superdrug, and opening hours are normally 9 AM – 6 PM Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays.

DENTISTS

For emergency dental treatments, go to the nearest hospital.

HEALTH INSURANCE

We urge all customers to purchase comprehensive travel insurance. Insurance is not available through Nordic Visitor. Scandinavian citizens must show their passport in the event of a medical emergency while citizens of EEA countries must have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or else the patient will be charged in full.

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