College Health Service
Information for New Entrants
All registered students are eligible to use the College Health Service throughout the year. The service offers, on campus, primary health and psychiatric care, between 9.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. weekdays.
Students can also attend DUBDOC, an out-of-hours emergency general practitioner service in St. James’s Hospital (Tel No. 4545607/4538006) between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends and Bank Holidays. If students are not eligible for general medical services (see below) they will be responsible for an attendance fee of €60.00. Consultations are strictly by appointment; however telephone advice from the triage nurse is free of charge.
In cases of real need, students may also avail of domiciliary service (Mediserve Homecare Ltd 4539333) who will send a doctor to a student’s place of residence. Students, with the exception of medical cardholders or E.U. students with European health eligibility, are responsible for any fees incurred for home visits.
The College Health Service would strongly advise all students who have not received Meningitis C Vaccine or two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine) to seek their regular GP’s advice regarding vaccination prior to commencing their University studies. While the risk of contracting either meningitis or mumps is usually low, there is a risk when young people congregate in large numbers.
Medical Cards (General Medical Service Scheme)
The College Health Service is a recognised Centre of Practice under the General Medical Service Scheme. Eligible students can arrange to register with the service by attending the College Health Service desk at registration or the College Health Centre. Medical cardholders with addresses outside Dublin or those Dublin students who wish to join the College Health Service GMS panel are entitled to use the service, and to all entitlements under the scheme.
Medical Card Eligibility for Irish Students
- If the student is aged under 25 and one or both parents are eligible for a medical card.
- If a student is over 25, he or she may apply for a medical card in their own right, which is subject to a means test.
Medical Card Eligibility for British and Northern Ireland Students
British and Northern Ireland students attending a full-time four-year course are entitled to emergency services under the Irish Health Act. They are entitled to free emergency primary and hospital care including essential medication under a reciprocal agreement. Students on an Erasmus exchange are entitled to full primary and hospital care on possession of a European Health Card.
Medical Card Eligibility for European Union Students
Before coming to Ireland it is essential that students obtain a European Health Card from their Government Health Authority. This card entitles students to all medical services under the General Medical services scheme free of charge. Please bring this European Health Card to registration.
Non EU Students
Under the Department of Justice regulations issued in June 1998 all non E.U. Students are required to have full private medical insurance. Evidence of this will be required when applying for a student visa.