In-Patient Information

There are two main sources of admission to University Hospital Kerry 

Emergency Admissions: through the Emergency Department and Medical Assessment Unit 

Pre-arranged/Elective Admissions: Planned Admissions & Planned Day Ward Admissions

Admission to University Hospital Kerry is either pre-arranged/elective or arranged by the Emergency or Out-Patient Departments. For elective admissions, you will either be informed by phone or in writing the date and time of your admission. From time to time, emergencies may delay your own planned admission. 

Please note: patients for admission to DOSA (Day of Same Admission) will be prioritised. The Admissions Department will ask you specific questions on admission in order to validate your identification details and to register your admission.

Please bring your admission letter, medical card and health insurance details with you. This will help the staff to process your admission registration more efficiently. When the admission process is complete, the admission staff will be happy to give you any assistance you require to arrive at your designated ward.

If you are admitted as an in-patient to UHK, here are a few points that will be useful to know..

  • Bring relevant documents, medical card and details of any private health insurance
  • For your own comfort, family/friends should have necessary toiletries and clothes available for you
  • Do not bring money or valuables into the Hospital. The Hospital cannot accept responsibility for any items kept by patients throughout the hospital stay. Send valuables home with relations /friends.
  • Depending on your illness, you may undergo tests and procedures  which require your consent. These procedures will be explained to you prior to signing any consent form.
  • You r  Consultant will answer any questions you have regarding your investigations or illness and your estimated length of stay
  • They will also discuss your treatment plan and arrange any follow-up you may need
  • If you or your family think that there are any reasons why you may not be able to go home when your illness had improved please let the doctors and nurses know as soon as possible
  • We will make sure your GP receives your discharge letter and give you your prescription before you leave
  • If you need a medical certificate please tell staff as soon as possible so this can be ready for you on the day of discharge
  • Please arrange your lift with a family, friend or relative to take you home before 11.00 on the day of your discharge. Make sure you have your house keys and the right clothes for leaving the hospital including shoes, coat, outdoor clothes.
  • Make sure you have your prescription for medication
  • Please also check that you have all your belongings with you before you leave