Medical services

The Student Health Service provides on-campus medical and psychiatric care to full time registered students of the University in a confidential, professional and courteous manner.  

From the 2nd of September, 2013, staff numbers and services have been reduced.  Therefore, we are unable to provide a full GP service.  We are now primarily an acute illness service and continue to operate on a first come first served basis.

Health Unit Opening Hours

Services provided

Monday - Friday

Mornings: 9.15am - 12.30pm            

Afternoons: 2.30pm-4.30pm

Emergency Hours Out of Hours Service         

Monday-Thursday (After 6.00pm) contact emergency number: 0872623997.  Please note that there is a charge for this out of hours service.  

Weekends are covered by Citydoc, located in Bons Secour Hospital

Daytime  Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 8am-6pm contact 091 758008 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday  evenings -  Galway City GP Rota  from 6 pm 087-7744430 

Please note there is a charge for this out of hours service.       

  • GP service - illness treatment.  (if you have an ongoing medical condition ideally you should stay with your own doctor). 
  • Family Planning 
  • Ante Natal Care 
  • Emergency Contraception 
  • Women's Health & Contraception   
  • Travel Advice and Vaccinations 
  • Psychiatric Referral service. A psychiatrist attends weekly                                                   
  • Physiotherapy Services 
  • Hospital & Consultant referral service                


The Student Health Unit operates a walk in clinic where students are allocated a time to be seen on a 'First Come First Served' basis. Our Triage Nurses will provide an initial assessment and referral into the doctor if necessary.  

If you are acutely ill, please attend the Student Health Unit as early as possible on the day.  If the Student Health Unit is booked up for the day but you feel you need to be seen, please make it known to reception.

It is NOT possible to book an appointment via email or on-line. Contact: 091-492604 for any queries.      


The Student Health Unit is located in Aras na Mac leinn, upstairs beside Students Union.  View for more assistance.   


All consultations are completely confidential, and will only be revealed to others with your consent. Your medical notes are also confidential and remain in the Student Health Department.  They do not form part of your academic file.   



Visits to the Student Health Doctor and Nurse are usually free but there are charges for some of the services offered. The fees for appointments for Physiotherapy and Travel Vaccinations are payable in advance, on booking the appointment.  These fees are non-refundable in the event that you do not attend, and can not be used to pay for a future appointment. A refund may apply if you cancel your appointment at least 1 day in advance of the appointment.  

Fees are payable in Cash or by Cheque or Bank Draft.   We do not have a facility for processing payment of fees by Credit or Debit card. 

Service   Fee's (Euro)
Physiotherapy €30
Oral Contraception          
Commencing Pill for 1st Time       €25
Review & Repeat Prescription  €10
Emergency Contraception €30
Emergency Contraception Prescription    €15
Administration of Depo-Provera €10
Ear Syringe €20
Travel Vaccine Consultation Fee       €20
Hepatitis A €40
Hepatitis A/Thypoid €70
Hepatitis B (per shot) Course of 3 Required      €30
Thypoid €30
Diptheria, Tetanus & Polio €35
Diptheria & Tetanus €20
Meningitis ACWY €45
Varciella €50



Medical Cards:

Only 10% of the student body is entitled to a medical card (GMS). A medical card entitles the holder to free consultation, free prescriptions and free hospitalisation. Students are not entitled to a medical card unless their parents have such a card or unless they are on a grant. Mature students i.e. Over 24 years of age could be entitled to a card in their own right depending on income.

GMS lists with local doctors here in Galway are full and it can be difficult to source a GMS doctor who will accept another medical card holder. We therefore advise students to sign up with their home GP and providing your GP is not within a 10 mile radius of the college, you can use you medical card here in the Health Unit during the academic year.


Overseas Students:

EU students are entitled to fee medical consultations and prescriptions in Ireland with the E111, E109, E128 & European Health Cards.

UK students are entitled to free services and free prescriptions when they are attending doctors in Ireland, with the NHS Card.

All North American students and all other foreign nationals other than EU & UK students have no medical card entitlements here so they are recommended to have adequate medical insurance with them as hospital care can be very expensive in Ireland. However attendance at the Student Health Unit is fee. There are three Irish Providers of Health insurance contactable through their websites. Useful Links:


Our staff


Dr. Fionnguala Lysaght, Medical Director

Dr. Paula Walsh, Medical Officer

Dr. Marie Browne, Medical Officer



Edel Quinn, Senior Triage Nurse  

Ann Kenny, Triage Nurse



Kevina Shaughnessy, Practice Manager

Siobhan Gradidge, Receptionist            



Anne Grete Gormley, Senior Chartered Physiotherapist

Eimir Geraghty, Chartered Physiotherapist


Contact us

You can contact any Student Health Service staff member by:

T  353 91 492604 or 091 495637


Useful Links



Find out more

You can contact any Student Health Service staff member by:
T 353 91 492604 or 495637

Visit the student health unit Web site

Visit the student health promotion Web site