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.

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.
Read more in Phone First Frequently Asked Questions.

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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