The National Inpatient Experience Survey* seeks to improve the quality of care provided in Irish hospitals by asking patients about their experiences and acting on their feedback. This is an annual survey and is open to patients who spend 24 hours or more in a public hospital during the month of May.

*We have updated the name of our inpatient survey to better capture the nature of the survey.

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1 May 25 July November/ December Ongoing

What hospitals are taking part?

39 public hospitals from six hospital groups participate in the National Inpatient Experience Survey. Click below to find out more.

Local results

What questions are asked?

The National Inpatient Experience Survey contains 61 questions, which have been determined following a rigorous selection process. Click below to learn more about what is involved in conducting the survey.

Survey model

Any questions about the inpatient survey?

Read our frequently asked questions or contact the survey team.

Timeline

The timeline below describes the four most important phases in the National Inpatient Experience Survey cycle.

1 May

Survey goes live

All patients aged 16 years or older, who spend 24 hours or more in a public hospital and are discharged in May are invited to participate. Eligible patients receive a survey by post approximately two weeks after their discharge from hospital.

FAQs
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25 July

Survey closes

The survey closes at 5pm on 25 July. The results are then analysed and the reports are prepared for publication.

Sign up for results
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November/ December

Results published

One national report and reports for each hospital and hospital group are published.

Local results
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Ongoing

Quality Improvements

The HSE and individual hospitals respond to the survey results by developing hospital initiatives

Hospital initiatives
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1 May
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Survey goes live

All patients aged 16 years or older, who spend 24 hours or more in a public hospital and are discharged in May are invited to participate. Eligible patients receive a survey by post approximately two weeks after their discharge from hospital.

25 July
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Survey closes

The survey closes at 5pm on 25 July. The results are then analysed and the reports are prepared for publication.

November/ December
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Results published

One national report and reports for each hospital and hospital group are published.

Ongoing
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Quality Improvements

The HSE and individual hospitals respond to the survey results by developing hospital initiatives