Hospital Services

When you are first told that you have Hepatitis C, your family doctor (GP) will arrange for you to see a hospital consultant who specialises in treating this illness. A number of hospitals have been funded by the Department of Health and Children to provide you with health care.

For adults with Hepatitis C, the Liver Units which have been specially designated to provide your care are located in the following public hospitals:

  • Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9;
  • Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin 7;
  • St. James's Hospital, Dublin 8;
  • St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin 4;
  • St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny;
  • Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork;
  • University College Hospital, Galway;
  • Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin 12.

Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, provides services to children with Hepatitis C, until the age of 18. After their 18th birthday, children are referred by Our Lady's Hospital to one of the adult Liver Units of their choice..

Hepatitis C patients who are HAA cardholders are entitled to the following hospital services in one of the designated public hospitals:

  • open access to hospital facilities for Hepatitis C or any related condition, including the right to a public hospital bed;
  • that no patient should have to wait more than one hour for their scheduled appointment to see a clinician in a public hospital (excluding A&E). However, emergencies may arise which may result in longer waiting times.
  • that no patient has to wait more than two weeks for an appointment with their liver specialist and also for the first referral by the hepatologist to another speciality where there are delays anticipated this should be explained to you.
  • that each Unit will have a designated ward area for patients who are admitted for testing, treatment or biopsy;
  • that a minimum of five days hospital admission to a public hospital bed, whilst not always necessary, will be offered to patients for anti-viral therapy initiation if they wish.
  • Where it is clinically indicated that a liver transplant is required, access to the transplant procedure will be available without delay, subject to the availability of a suitable organ and medical priority. In the event that the particular procedure cannot be performed in Ireland, arrangements can be made, on the recommendation of the treating clinician, for the procedure to be performed abroad.

While you are an inpatient in a public hospital bed as a result of Hepatitis C or any related condition you are entitled to any hospital tests you need without charge. If you are referred to a hospital as an outpatient or day-patient by a GP or consultant whom you are seeing as a public patient, you are entitled to any hospital tests free of charge, including tests using specialized diagnostic equipment.

Hospital services which are not related in any way to Hepatitis C are available to you under the same general conditions as to other members of the public. Your Hepatologist will decide whether any condition is potentially Hepatitis C-related or not.

HAA cardholders are not required to pay charges in respect of any inpatient or outpatient services in a public hospital.

Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B, if required, are available from your designated hospital (see also under GP Services).

If you have a problem with hospital services, you should address this directly to the hospital concerned or to Ms Michele Tait, Hepatitis C Liaison Officer, HSE tel 01 6201750 / 01 6201712.

Any queries regarding access to hospital services should be made to the Hepatitis C Liaison Nurse / Officer in the hospitals listed above. Further details are available on the Hepatology Units page.

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