Westdoc is the out-of-hours GP service, which has been developed on a partnership basis between General Practitioners and the Western Health Board. It provides out of hours medical care to public and private patients of participating doctors in the Western Health Board region between 6.00pm and 8.00am, Monday to Friday and 24 hours on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. The service is by appointment and patients access the service via a lo-call number, 1850 365 000 and appointments with local General Practitioners are made by the Triage Nursing staff at a Call Centre located in Galway City.
Parents and those caring for young children can contact Poisons Information Centre of Ireland on 01 809 2166 for urgent advice if they suspect accidental poisoning has occurred. Currently, this service for the public is available from 8am to 10pm, every day. At all other times contact your GP service or a hospital emergency department for advice.
Fire Brigade: 585555
At some point in your life, you may need to call the emergency services such as firemen, police, or medical personnel. By being prepared for calling the emergency services, you can get the help you need much more quickly which can often make a big difference. Parents should also teach their children about when and how to call for help.
The principal emergency services are the “blue light” services that respond to normal emergencies in Ireland namely An Garda Síochána, the Ambulance Service, the Fire Service and the Irish Coast Guard. These principal emergency services would be the ‘first responders’ in most emergency situations.
In Ireland we have two emergency numbers, 999 and 112.
112 works also in all EU countries and from any phone, free of charge. If a family member or friend is travelling within the EU soon, check that they know what number to call in case of any emergency – under stress of an accident, it could prove vital.
Remember when calling 112 (or 999), ‘stay calm, stay focused and stay on the line’.
Every home and business address in the country has a unique Eircode which will help everyone, including emergency servives, to find addresses easier. To find the code for an address go to https://finder.eircode.ie.