162 doctors have signed up to provide abortion services in the State.

The National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street has publicly announced that it will be accepting referrals for abortion services from 7 January 2019.

In a new section on its website, entitled ‘Unplanned Pregnancy Support Services‘, the hospital said it would take women from its catchment area of South Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare.

As specified by the new webpage, referrals will only be accepted from GPs or community-based services such as the Irish Family Planning Association and the Well Woman Clinic. 

The catchment area of South Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow was also specified. 

"The National Maternity Hospital has for more than 100 years provided a range of women's health services, and as an organisation, we continue to develop and pioneer new services in line with best medical practice and the law," the page reads.

"From January 7th 2019 we will be in a position to begin accepting referrals for abortion services for women within our catchment area (South Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare)."

The page also outlines contact details for emergency complications following an abortion.

President Michael D Higgins signed the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill – which legalises the procurement of medical abortion in Ireland – on 20 December.

Other hospitals which have committed to providing services as soon as possible include the Rotunda, Dublin; Cork University Maternity Hospital; University Hospital Galway; Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; University Maternity Hospital, Limerick; The Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar; Mayo University Hospital; and University Hospital Waterford.