Emergency Department Notice

Our emergency department in the hospital is currently very busy due to the number of seriously ill patients we have admitted recently. We are asking people to think about all their care and treatment options and to keep our emergency services for those who need them most.

If you are seriously injured or seriously ill, or are worried that your life is at risk, our Emergency Department will assess and treat you as a priority. 

If you are a patient with a less serious illness or complaint, you can be treated by your GP or can be referred by your GP to an Assessment Unit in the coming days for treatment.

If you are a patient with minor injuries, you can go to an Injury Unit for treatment.
At our Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic, you will be treated by Mater Hospital nurses and doctors who specialise in emergency care. We offer fast assessment and treatment at the clinic and you do not need an appointment or a GP referral letter to attend. 

At our Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic we treat:

• Sprains and strains
• Broken bones
• Wound infections
• Minor burns and scalds
• Minor head injuries
• Insect and animal bites
• Minor eye injuries
Opening hours for Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic are:

Monday to Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 6pm (closed on bank holiday Mondays)

Influenza (Flu) Alert - Visiting Restrictions

Influenza (Flu) is contagious and can easily spread from person to person. We are advising patients and their visitors (family / friends) that:
• One visitor only is allowed at visiting times.
• Hospital visiting times are from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.
• No children should visit patients.
• Visitors should use the antibacterial gel / foam on their hands before entry and exit from the hospital.