Our eye casualty service provides treatment for all emergency eye injuries. The service is separate from the main Emergency Department, and you will need a referral letter from your GP or optician. 

Where do I go?

The eye casualty (emergency) service is in the eye clinic which is located off the "link corridor". The best entrance to use is the McGivney entrance on Eccles Street. When you come in, turn left, walk through the lobby, past the lifts and turn left down the link corridor. Halfway down the corridor, you will see a sign for the eye clinic. The clinic is open from 8.00 am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Outside these times, please go to St Elizabeth's ward. St Elizabeth’s ward is in the McGiveny Wing on Level 3. The best entrance to use is the main entrance on North Circular Road. When you come in, take the lift or escalator up to Level 1. Walk down the main corridor (“Hospital Street”). At the end, turn right. Walk through the lobby until you come to a set of lifts on the left. Take the lift or stairs to Level 3. When you come out of the lift, St Elizabeth’s ward will be on your left.

You should then speak to one of the nursing staff, who will organise your registration and arrange for one of the eye (ophtalmology) doctors to come and see you.

What to expect when you come in to eye casualty

When you come in to the eye casualty, please go to reception so our staff can register you. We will give you a number and ask you to take a seat in the waiting area.

The nurse will then call you and will carry out some tests and take your medical history. We will then ask you to return to the waiting area until the doctor calls you.

We will always try to see you as soon as we can. However, eye casualty is an emergency service and is often very busy. You may be waiting some time before you are seen. It is a good idea to bring something to eat and drink, particularly if you are diabetic.

In many cases, the doctors will provide you with initial treatment and then arrange for you to come back into the eye clinic for a review. Alternatively, they may refer you back to your GP for follow-up care. In some cases, the doctors may suggest that you be admitted to the hospital for treatment.