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 a Paediatric Ambulatory Unit.

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.

The hospital has a Changing Places Facility.  To register to use Changing Places, please email our Equality Unit at

Phone First

A Phone First service is in place for patients (including children) who are unwell and considering travelling to Antrim Area Hospital Emergency Department, and those with an injury or illness which requires urgent treatment but is not immediately life threatening.  Read more in our Phone First Frequently Asked Questions.

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