Information for patients with rib injuries

Cork Emergency Departments

A rib fracture is a break or crack in a rib. These don't always show on x-ray, but can be diagnosed on examination. You may have one or more fractures; these will heal on their own in about 4 to 6 weeks. It is important to follow the advice below to avoid complications.

When you go home

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Contact your own doctor if

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Seek medical help immediately if:


If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended: MUH (021) 4271971 M-UCC at SMHC (St. Mary’s Health Campus) (021) 4926900 CUH (021) 4920200 LIU Mallow General Hospital (022) 58506 Bantry General Hospital (027) 52900

Dr Gemma Kelleher, Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan, Consultants in Emergency Medicine. Last review Dr IOS 17/06/21.