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GP Referrals

Accessing our outpatient clinics

To obtain an appointment within the St. Vincent’s University Hospital outpatient service, a patient must first have a referral from one of the following sources of referral.

  • General practitioner (GP)
  • Emergency Department
  • Consultant to consultant
  • Inpatient referrals originating from an admission
  • Other hospitals or health centres
  • National specialist clinics including National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) and liver services

How are referrals submitted?

GP Referrals can be submitted to the department in person, by post, by fax or electronically via Healthlink.

Central Referrals Office
Ambulatory Day Care Centre (ADCC)
St. Vincent’s University Hospital
Elm Park
Dublin 4

Electronically: via Healthlink
Fax: (01) 221 3660
By hand: any of the reception areas in the ADCC Department at St. Vincent’s University Hospital

What happens after we receive the referral?

The referral is assessed by the consultant team and issued with a priority based on clinical need. An appointment date is issued based on this priority. Note that waiting times vary depending on the specialty.

If referral is urgent priority:
Appointment date is issued and letter confirming date, time and location of the scheduled appointment is sent to both the patient and the GP.

If referral is routine priority:
Patient and GP are notified of the routine priority and given the estimated waiting time for the required specialty. Confirmed appointment dates are issued 6-8 weeks before the confirmed date.