Accessing Health Services

HSE Services

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has ultimate responsibility for providing Health and Personal Social Services for everyone living in the Republic of Ireland. The HSE provides information on services and supports available to carers. The Find a Service section will bring you to the range of services and contact details provided by the HSE.


Carer’s Services

The HSE employs Carers Development Officers in a number of regions throughout the country who support carers in their role.  The Carers AssociationCrosscare, and Age Action, also provide such co-ordination.


Hospice/Palliative Care Services

There are dedicated Hospice and palliative care services for people who are facing death and have complex needs – these are called specialist palliative care services.  Some of these are community based and some are located in the specialist inpatient units (hospices), of which there are currently eight in Ireland.

Useful information sources regarding hospice/palliative care services are:


Other Useful Information Sources for Health Services

The Citizens Information Board is the national support agency responsible for supporting the provision of information, advice and advocacy on social services. The Board’s information website provides comprehensive information on all aspects of Public Services and entitlements in Ireland, including Irish Health and Personal ServicesLinks to external website, and how these services are organised. Citizens Information also provides links to information on:

The HSE provides information about entitlements to health services in Ireland, as well as specific details on how to access Medical Cards and theGP Visit card

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