Antrim Area Hospital

Antrim Area Hospital is one of the busiest hospitals for unscheduled care services in Northern Ireland.  The hospital’s state of the art emergency department, which opened in 2013, caters for approximately 90,000 patients per year.

The Hospital has 366 beds for acute care. In addition, it offers obstetrics, neonatal services, paediatrics, palliative care and renal dialysis, as well as a specialist dental unit.  It has a Direct Assessment Unit where GPs can speak directly with medical staff to receive specialist advice and, if appropriate, to arrange a referral to the unit where treatment can begin immediately. This means people can avoid unnecessary waits in the Emergency Department.
The Hospital also has a Medical Programme Treatment Unit and is developing an Acute Care at Home Model and a Paediatric Ambulatory Unit.

Phone First

Due to the impact of Covid-19, and the focus on infection prevention and social distancing, a Phone First system has been introduced at the Emergency Department.  ‘Phone First’ is for patients (including children) who are unwell and considering travelling to Antrim Area or Causeway Hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) or the Mid Ulster Hospital Minor Injuries Unit, and those with an injury or illness which requires urgent treatment but is not immediately life threatening.  The system operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Phone: 0300 123 1 123
Phone First Text Relay:  18001 0300 123 1 123
or use the ‘Interpreter Now’ app.

Phone First: Frequently Asked Questions
Phone First Information: Easy Read format

Temporary arrangements

Relocation of Antrim Area Hospital Outpatients 4

Please note that Outpatients Department 4, which covers antenatal appointments and red flag gynae clinics, has relocated from Level A to Level B (same level as the main door) in Antrim Area Hospital.  All outpatient appointments are still running as normal, if there are changes you will be contacted directly.

Please only attend your appointment if you are well and remember that the pregnancy helpline is also available to provide support and advice if needed – 028 9442 4859.

Assistance when arriving at hospital

If you require assistance when arriving at the hospital, for example a wheelchair, please ask at reception which is located to your left as you come through the main entrance of the hospital on level B.

Reception staff or our volunteers will be able to direct you to the wheelchair store. There are a number of wheelchairs available for public use at Antrim Hospital. We do not currently offer a pre-booking service.

On-site there is a Changing Places Facility. To register to use Changing Places, please email our Equality Unit at


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