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


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 healthcare

In Ireland, most healthcare 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 Northern Ireland

For Northern Ireland, visit 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.


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.

But hopefully you have an emergency-free holiday! Spend all your time on your Ireland self-drive tour exploring castles and getting a taste of local brews and food.

Contact our travel consultants to get started with planning and tailoring your tour of Ireland.

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