Preparing for Admission

Your Admission to the NRH

We will notify you by telephone 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 contact the Admissions Office, Tel: (01) 235 5238.

Read or download our Patient Information Booklet

Download Map of NRH Campus

On Your Arrival

If you are being admitted from home please report to the hospital’s main Reception. From there you will be directed to the appropriate Rehabilitation Unit. 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 unit.

What to Bring With You

Bring everyday items you may use, for example, reading glasses, hearing aid, walking aid or communication aid. If you have a wheelchair, bring your cushions and both footplates. Your name should be clearly marked on each item before you arrive.

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You should bring comfortable clothing to wear during your daily activities. Your clothing should be clearly marked with your name using a permanent marker. We recommend that you bring:

  • 3 tracksuits or slacks
  • Warm jackets (loose fitting)
  • Jumpers or T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks, stockings or tights
  • 1 or 2 pairs of comfortable shoes or trainers (ideally not new ones) and slippers. Shoes and slippers should be non-slip for safety.
  • Pyjamas or Nightdress (nightwear must be made of non-flammable material)
  • Swimming togs for Hydrotherapy may be necessary.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • 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 and 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 Unit. 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.

Medical Card

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

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 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.

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Checklist of Items to Bring With You on Admission
  • Everyday Items you may use, for example, reading glasses, hearing aid, walking aid or communication aid
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Medications and Prescriptions
  • Medical Card
  • PPS Number
  • Details about any allergies you may have
  • Details of special dietary requirements
  • Other items you may use every day, for example, smartphone or computer tablet…

Pre-Admission Information Booklets

Brain Injury and Stroke Programme Booklet download

Spinal Cord System of Care (SCSC) Programme Bookletdownload

Prosthetic, Orthotic and Limb Absence Rehabilitation (POLAR) Inpatient Bookletdownload

POLAR Day Programme Bookletdownload



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