Out Patients Department

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Welcome to the Out Patients Department

Over 80,000 children attend the Out Patients Department (OPD) at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin every year.

  • An outpatient, in most cases, will be referred to the hospital by their family doctor (GP) or local Consultant. Doctors and other health care professionals typically see patients in a clinic room, similar to the ones at your local GP surgery. 

  • The length of time you will stay in outpatients will depend on who you are seeing and whether any tests or procedures are needed that day. 

  • Once your child has been seen by everyone they need to see, they can go back home.  

  • Some specialties may arrange for a further visit to a ward for treatment. This is known as an 'admission' if staying overnight, or a 'day case' if they go home the same day.

  • Your first appointment with the doctor is called a new appointment and any further appointments are called return appointments.

This section is designed to help you prepare for your child’s outpatient appointment and explain what you can expect to happen during your visit.

My child has been referred - what happens next?

  • You will recieve notification that your referral to this hospital has been accepted.

  • When an appointment date is available you will be notifed by post with an appointment date and time.  

  • You will receive a text message reminder of your appointment time and date a week beforehand.

What to expect at your appointment

  • Please check in to your Out Patient appointment 15 minutes before your appointment time.

  • Bring a list of questions that you may wish to ask the doctor at your appointment.

  • You may be sent for other tests during your appointment, eg x-ray, blood test etc. 

  • Make sure you understand what the doctor or team has told you regarding follow up treatment. 

You cannot attend your appointment

  • If your child does not attend their appointment and you do not tell us beforehand, you could put your child’s health at risk and make other children wait longer.  Approximatley 10,000 patients do not attend their appointment each year which means 10,000 children could have been seen by a doctor. 

  • If you Do not attend your appointment without notifying us you may be discharged back to your GP or moved to the bottom of the Outpatient Waiting List in line with hospital policy.

  • Telephone : 01 4096130 or email OPD Reception Desk.

Rescheduling appointments

  • In exceptional circumstances the hospital may have to reshedule your child's appointment.  If this happens the hospital will arrange a new date for your child as soon as possible. Please note that the hospital cannot reimburse you for any costs incurred as a result of a change in appointment date.

Blood Tests

Phlebotomy do not operate an appointment system. Although it is a walk-in service, a letter from your child’s GP is still required. On arrival, please take a ticket from the machine and wait for the number on your ticket to be called out.

  • Telephone: 01 409 6823

  • Opening times: Monday - Friday, 08:00 to 16:00 (closed Bank Holidays)

  • Location: Suite 8, Outpatient Department

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Private Clinic

The Private Consultant Clinic is run separately to the hospital. If you wish to make an appointment in the Private Clinic please contact:

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