During your time with us the following services are available:

Meal Times

Meals are served at the following times:

  • Breakfast 8.00 a.m. – 8.30 a.m.
  • Lunch 12 noon – 12.30 p.m.
  • Dinner 4.45 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.

A menu card system is used within the hospital to enable you to select your choice of meal and meet any special dietary requirements.

A night snack is provided between 7.00 p.m. and 11.00 p.m.

Please ask the ward staff if you are not sure what you are allowed to eat or drink or if you have any special dietary requirements. Visitors and relatives are requested not to bring prepared food to patients.

Our Catering Department is accredited with a Feile Bia Award.

TV and Radio

Each ward has television and radio. The T.V. System was funded by the Friends of St. John’s Hospital Fund Raising Committee.

Stations are broadcast as follows:

  • Channel 1 = RTE1
  • Channel 2 = RTE2
  • Channel 3 = TV3
  • Channel 4 = TG4
  • Channel 5 = BBC1
  • Channel 6 = BBC2
  • Channel 7 = UTV
  • Channel 8 = Sky News
  • Channel 9 = True Movies
  • Channel 10 = Mass Channel

Earphones are provided for use with the radio system.

Personal transistors/C.D. Players may only be used in wards if they have earpieces to ensure they do not disturb other patients.

Mobile Phones/Telephones

Mobile Phones can interfere with the operation of some medical equipment, such as cardiac monitors. Please check with the nursing staff before using your mobile phone.

In the interest of privacy and confidentiality, the taking of photographs using “Picture” phones is strictly forbidden within the Hospital.

The Hospital’s main telephone number is (061) 462222. Public telephones are located on each floor for the use of patients and visitors. All these phones are coin/card operated. There are direct telephone lines to wards. Please ask the admitting nurse for this number and pass it to a designated relative who can telephone the ward directly for information on your progress.


A Shop is situated near the Main Reception. The Shop is open seven days a week from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m., including Bank Holidays. It stocks a variety of soft drinks, biscuits, chocolates, toiletries, mobile phone credit and gifts. A paper round is conducted each morning, providing newspapers, magazines, etc.


Post is delivered to wards on a daily basis. Please ask your friends to put your full name and the name of the ward, if known, on your letters. Letters received after your discharge will be forwarded to your home address. There is a post-box located at the Main Reception where outgoing letters may be posted. Postage stamps can be purchased in the Hospital Shop.

Chapel and Claplaincy Service

The Hospital Chaplaincy Service operates on an inter-denominational basis, providing a full pastoral care service to patients, families and staff. An ordained Chaplain is available twenty-four hours a day to attend to spiritual, religious, and emotional needs and to offer support. The Chaplaincy Department is also available to help support families before, during and after bereavement and also provides bereavement counselling when requested. If you would like to speak with a Chaplain, ask your Nurse to arrange contact.

Patients may visit the Chapel. Staff members will be happy to give you directions. Mass is relayed on Channel 5 of your T.V. at the following times:

  • 10.00 a.m. & 5.45 p.m. – Monday to Friday
  • 6.30 p.m. – Saturday evening
  • 8.00 a.m, 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 7.00 p.m. – Sundays/ Church Holydays

Holy Communion is brought to the wards between 10.30 – 11.00 a.m. daily. The Sacrament of the Sick is available on request.

Patient Lounges

Patient Lounges are provided on each floor and are available for use by all patients and their visitors.

Information Regarding Flowers

In the interest of Health & Safety/Infection Control, relatives/visitors are requested not to bring flowers to the Hospital.


The Hospital is monitored by CCTV cameras both internally and externally, 24 hours a day. Security staff manage traffic control, car parking and routinely patrol all areas of the buildings and grounds. All security incidents, including items lost or found should be reported to your Ward Manager.