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National Service Desk

The National Service Desk (NSD) is the single point-of-contact for all staff in the HSE to get IT services.

The National Service Desk (NSD) IT team can help you:

  • fix problems with your IT equipment (for example your computer or email)
  • access networks or shared folders

Services are categorised as requests or incidents.

A request is where you want something, for example, a new computer, a new user account, access to a shared folder.

An incident is where something is broken, for example, printer not working, unable to access an application, internet unavailable, email not working.

Requesting IT support


You can use the self-service portal to log an incident or request directly. This gives the fastest response time and you can check the status of your tickets without having to ring the NSD. The icon for self service is on your desktop or you can access it here.

See: about the self-service portal


Phone the NSD on 0818 300 300. You will be able to select an option and your call will go to the appropriate queue. This service is available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Currently, a support service is available to Covid specific centres from 8am to 8pm Monday to Sunday.


Email your service desk mailbox

See: What to expect when using self service, calling or emailing NSD, and when an analyst contacts you

Important notice

Apply a critical VPN software update. This is required to allow access to the VPN after 1 January 2021. This applies to all users of Checkpoint VPN who need to access HSE services from home.

Out-of-hours emergency contact

An emergency out-of-hours service (8 am to 8 pm Monday to Sunday) is available on 0818 300 300. This should only be used for emergencies that cannot wait for normal working hours.

For ICT-related requests or incidents, you must have a ticket logged on the NSD IT system. A ticket provides a unique reference number for you to keep track of progress and actions. Some tickets require management authorisations and this is achieved via forms or built into self service.

NSD staff will determine what action to take per ticket, troubleshoot (triage) and resolve. In some cases, tickets may require assistance from other support teams.

Related topics

End User policy

The End User policy sets out the National Service Desk's policy regarding NSD end-users access and use of NSD systems.

The NSD is committed to the correct and proper use of these systems in support of its administrative and service functions. The purpose of this policy is to define the expected and acceptable use of the NSD systems by the end-user.

The policy is mandatory and by engaging with the NSD, end-users are agreeing to abide by the terms of the policy.

Collaboration tools

Approved and supported tools for online meetings and collaboration include:

See virtual health for more information on available solutions to support communication and collaboration across the health service.

Zoom video conferencing

The Office of the Chief information Officer (OoCIO) advises:

  • OoCIO, including the NSD, do not support Zoom video conference products to host work-related video conferences. This applies in clinical and non-clinical settings. The HSE host of any Zoom video conference is at risk of non-compliance with GDPR
  • HSE Data Protection Officer (DPO) advises that staff who need to make use of video conferencing should use one of the HSE's approved and supported platforms
  • HSE employees can attend a Zoom meeting which is being hosted by another organisation, if this is necessary to meet business obligations
  • HSE staff should not record any Zoom conferences they take part in
  • HSE staff should not take part in Zoom conferences where clinical matters relating to an individual patient are being discussed
  • if you need assistance with the approved video conferencing facilities contact the NSD
  • hould you continue to use Zoom video conferencing, you should adhere to best practices for securing Zoom meetings

Mobile phone support - Vodafone

For issues with your work mobile phone or MIFI device, contact Vodafone Support on 1800 855 838

Service desk mailboxes

Service Desk East - Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow
Service Desk Mid West - Limerick, Tipperary North and Clare
Service Desk South East - Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary South
Service Desk Midlands - Offaly, Laois, Westmeath and Longford
Service Desk North West - Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim
Service Desk North East - Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan
Service Desk West - Galway, Mayo and Roscommon
Service Desk South - Cork and Kerry (Aras Slainte Service Desk)
Service Desk South West - Cork University Hospital and Kerry University Hospital

Note: Cork University Hospital and Kerry University Hospital have their own IT departments.

For Cork University Hospital
For Kerry General Hospital
  • Phone: 066 718 4450
  • Email: not applicable

Contact the NSD

Use the NSD self-service portal or phone 0818 300 300

Page last reviewed: 20/11/2020
Next review due: 20/11/2023