National Rehabilitation Hospital

Admission to NRH

We will notify you by phone or in writing about when to come to the hospital. We will try to give you as much notice as possible of your proposed admission date.

If due to exceptional circumstances you cannot attend at the time and date given, please telephone the Admissions Office Tel: (01) 235 5238.

Admissions Office opening times are:

Monday – Thursday: Friday:
9.00am to 1.00pm & 2.00pm to 5.00pm 8.00am to 1.00pm & 2.00pm to 4.00pm

On Your Arrival

If you are being admitted from home, please report to the person on duty at the hospital’s main Reception when you arrive.

From there you will be directed to the appropriate ward. We ask that patients arrive by 2.00pm where possible.

If you are being admitted from another hospital, you will be taken directly to the appropriate ward.

What to Bring With You

The following items should be brought with you on admission:

  • Medications & prescriptions
  • Splints
  • Walking aids
  • Communication aids

If you have a wheelchair, bring your cushions and both footplates with you. Your name should be clearly marked on each item before you arrive.


You should wear comfortable clothing during your daily activities. Your clothing should be clearly marked with your name using a permanent marker.

  • 3 tracksuits or slacks
  • Warm jackets (loose fitting)
  • Jumpers or T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks/stockings/tights
  • 1 or 2 pairs of comfortable shoes/trainers/runners (not new ones)
  • Pyjamas or Nightdress (Nightwear must be made of non-flammable material)
  • Swimming togs for Hydrotherapy may be necessary


  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Facecloth, soap and shampoo
  • Hairbrush and comb
  • Roll on deodorant (not sprays)
  • Shaving cream and razor

You will need toiletries on an on-going basis.

Medications / Prescriptions

Before your admission, ask your family Doctor or GP to provide you with an up-to-date prescription.

Give this prescription to the doctor or the nurse when you arrive on the ward. Tell the doctors and nurses of any over the counter medicines, vitamins or complementary medicines that you are taking.


Tell your doctor and nurse about allergies you have, or unexpected reactions you have had to medicines in the past. Remember to let them know about food allergies or other allergies you may have.

Special Dietary Requirements

If you are on a special diet please bring any dietary information such as diet sheets and any special dietary products with you.

Property and Valuables

You are discouraged from bringing money, jewellery or other personal items with you. If you are unable to organise a family member or a friend to take your valuables home, they should be given to the nurse who will store them in the hospital safe. The hospital cannot accept any responsibility for loss of items not recorded by the staff and stored in the safe.

Medical Card

Please bring your medical card with you and present it to the nurse when you arrive on the ward.

Social Welfare Certificates

If you need Social Welfare Certificates these will be issued to you on request by the Medical Social Work Department. Please bring your P.P.S. Number (formerly known as P.R.S.I. Number) with you.