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Health Boards

The boards provide many of the services directly and they arrange for the provision of other services by health professionals, private health service providers, voluntary hospitals and voluntary/community organisations.
Eastern Health Shared Services is located at several key locations in central Dublin they are:

Dr. Steevens Hospital,
Cherry Orchard Hospital,
St. Mary's Hospital
Old Kilmainham.

Eastern Health Shared Services,
Dr. Steevens’ Hospital,
Steevens' Lane
Dublin 8.

Telephone Number: (01) 6790700
Fax Number: (01) 6795061
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Health boards and the areas they cover

East Coast Area Health Board
Pembroke electoral area in Dublin City, Dun-Laoghaire-Rathdown County, and County Wicklow, (except for the Baltinglass electoral area).

Southern Cross House,
Southern Cross Business Park,
Boghall Road,
Co. Wicklow.
Tel: (01) 2014200
Fax: (01) 2014201

Northern Area Health Board
Dublin City north of the river Liffey and the community of Fingal County Northern Area Health Board
Bord Slainte an Limisteir Thuaidh
Swords Business Campus,
Balheary Road,
Co. Dublin.
Tel (01) 813 1800
Fax (01) 813 1870
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South Western Area Health Board
Dublin City south of the River Liffey (except for the Pembroke electoral area) South Dublin County, County Kildare and the local electoral area of Baltinglass in County Wicklow.

Oak House,
Millennium Park,
Naas, Co. Kildare
Tel 045 880 400
Fax 045 880 482

Midland Health Board
Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Laois

Midland Health Board,
Website Administrator,
Central Office
Arden Road,
Co. Offaly.

Tel: +353 506 26313
Fax: +353 506 26314
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Mid-Western Health Board
Limerick, Clare and Tipperary North Riding.

Mr. Christopher Rudland
Information Specialist
Eolas, Customer Services
Mid-Western Health Board
31 / 33 Catherine Street

Tel: (061) 483286 or (061) 483287
Fax: (061) 483350
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North-Eastern Health Board
Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan

North Eastern Health Board
Administrative Head Office
Kells, Co. Meath, Ireland

Telephone (046) 80500 - Fax (046)

North-Western Health Board
Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.

A new information service is now available from the North Western Health Board. You can contact us at the following number for information on any Health Board services and entitlements:

Telephone No: 1850 636 313.
You can also email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

South-Eastern Health Board
Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary South Riding, Waterford, and Wexford.

Waterford Community Care,
Cork Road,
Tel: 051-842800
Fax: 051-842811

Wexford Community Care,
Grogan’s Road,
Tel: 053-23522
Fax: 053-23646

Kilkenny Community Care Headquarters
James’s Green, Kilkenny.
Tel: 056-52208

Carlow Community Care,
Athy Road,
Tel: 0503-30053
Fax: 0503-41965

South Tipperary Community Care,
Western Road,
Tel: 052-22011
Fax: 052-25337

Southern Health Board
Cork and Kerry.

Southern Health Board,
18/20 Denny Street,
Co. Kerry.
Tel: 066-7121566
Western Health Board
Galway, Mayo, and Roscommon.

Administrative Headquarters
Merlin Park Regional Hospital, Galway +353 (0) 91 75 11 31 75 26 44
Chief Executive Officer 77 54 00 75 26 44
Communications 77 54 74 77 51 88

Eastern Regional Health Authority
The ERHA is responsible for the planning, commissioning, funding and monitoring and evaluation of services for the 1.5 million people who live in the counties of Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow. The ERHA enters into agreements with the Northern Area Health Board, the East Coast Area Health Board, the South Western area Health Board, the voluntary hospitals and other voluntary agencies in the region who are then responsible for the actual delivery of services.
Functions of health boards

The main function of a health board is to provide or arrange for the provision of health, community care and personal social services to the people in its area.
Health services can be broadly defined as those services that are concerned with the

  • Promotion of good health
  • Prevention of illness (for example, food safety services, immunisation and vaccinations services, health screening, infant and child health services)
  • The diagnosis and treatment of illness (for example, general practitioner services, hospital services)
    Community care and personal social services can be broadly defined as those that are designed to enable people to remain living in their communities, especially when they have difficulties doing so because of illness, disability or age. Examples include home nursing services, home helps, occupational therapy and social work services.

Membership of health boards
Each health board is made up of members of the local authorities in the area, representatives of the medical and nursing professions and related professionals. The members of the area health boards in the ERHA region are nominated by and from the membership of the ERHA.

Health board decisions
Each health board is allocated an annual budget by the Department of Health and Children.

The boards are obliged to provide certain services, e.g., GP and hospital services. There are other services that they may provide, e.g., home helps and other community care services. A significant part of the board's overall budget is allocated to those services that are obligatory.

The new Health Strategy recognises that all decisions whether financial or clinical must be based on the best available evidence. Decisions will be based on:

  • Research findings
  • Statistical qualitative or quantitative data
  • Other documented trends and behaviours.

All health boards must provide service plans that usually review the previous year's spending and will give a detailed breakdown of how funding provided by the Department of Health and Children will be spent during the year in question. The Department of Health and Children will formally set out a statement of national priorities for health, which will then be addressed by the health boards in preparing their individual service plans. The new Health Strategy seeks to strengthen this process by providing for greater accountability and closer monitoring of performance based on the deliverables (specific stated goals) given in the service plans.

The Chief Executive Officer of the board carries out the board's decisions but he/she also has personal responsibility for a number of areas, e.g., he/she decides who qualifies for a medical card.
Document created: 2002-04-30
Document last modified: 2002-05-08


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