Friday, March 17, 2023


The HSE is reminding people of services that are available to them to support their urgent and non-urgent care needs over the Saint Patrick’s Weekend.

For those who are not in need of urgent attention The HSE said that Injury Units, GP and GP Out of Hours services and pharmacies may provide more appropriate healthcare in a more comfortable setting.

It lists the care and treatment options available:

  • Visit your pharmacy for advice on common minor illnesses, such as headaches, tummy aches or coughs/colds. Find out more here
  • Make an appointment with your GP if you’re feeling unwell and it is not an emergency
  • If you urgently need to see a GP outside of normal hours, contact your local GP Out of Hours service, details below
  • Emergency Departments treat seriously ill patients. Visit an ED or call 999 or 112 if someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.

Those with less severe injuries and symptoms may have to wait to be seen in Emergency Departments

 If you need to access healthcare services over the bank holiday weekend:

  • Consider all healthcare options before attending ED including Injury Units, GP services and pharmacies
  • Dial 999 or 112 for emergency care if there is concern for serious illness or injury
  • Continue to wear face masks and maintain good hand hygiene practices when attending hospitals
  • Abide by all infection control measures including visiting restrictions in hospitals and hospitals wards

 Out of Hours Urgent GP Services:

MIDOC is an appointment only GP service located in Laois. This service is for patients who need urgent medical attention that cannot wait to be seen by their usual GP.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 6pm-8am and Saturday/Sunday/Bank Hols: 24 Hours. Telephone: 1800 302 702 or go to for more information.


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