If you are attending the hospital for a minor surgical procedure, you may be asked to attend theatre as an extern patient.


You will receive a letter or telephone call advising you to attend the theatre as an extern patient for your procedure.

Confirming or cancelling a procedure

To confirm or cancel an appointment, please contact your consultant’s secretary directly. Contact details will be on your appointment card or letter.

If there is no answer when you phone, the secretary might be with a patient, so please follow the instructions on the recorded message.


Before you come in

Here is a checklist of things to bring with you before your admission.

  • Your private health insurance details and/or your medical card details
  • A list of your current medication

You should also know how to get to the theatre – directions are available below.


Coming in for your appointment

The best entrance to use is the McGivney entrance on Eccles Street. When you enter the building turn left, passing the bank (on your right). You will come to a set of three lifts on your left – the G-Lifts. Take the lift to Level 3.

When you exit the lift, turn right. Before the café, turn right, then right again, following the signs for extern patients. You will come to a door with an intercom. Press D1 and speak to the theatre receptionist, who will let you into the theatre suite. (Please note this is a restricted area.)

The theatre receptionist will register you and you will be directed to the waiting room, where you will be collected by the nurse for your procedure.

After your procedure is finished, you will be discharged.


Preparing to go home

Here is a checklist of things to think about before you are discharged.

  • If you have a wound, what care is needed?
  • Have you stitches or clips that need to be removed?
  • If there are any problems when you are discharged, who do you contact?
  • Do you need an outpatient appointment or follow-up care?
  • Do you need a medical certificate for your employer?
  • Have you got all your belongings

Referral Information

You will be referred to theatre by your consultant surgeon.