The Mater Hospital is an acute hospital. This means that we specialise in treating patients with urgent, short-term medical needs. Sometimes, patients reach a point where they are medically stable but still not quite ready to go home. This page provides information on some of the services that our patients move on to to continue their care. 

Our post acute care service (PACS)

If you are medically stable but your doctors feel that you require ongoing care before going home, they may recommend that you move to our Post Acute Care Services (PACS). This centre is located in Fairview - three kilometres from the main Mater Hospital campus. Some patients are transferred to this unit for ongoing care while they are awaiting a nursing home placement or funding for home supports.

PACS is managed and run by Mater Hospital staff. There are three units within PACS – the Synge, Yeats and Joyce Units. The unit is located in Fairview in Dublin. Read more abuut our Post Acute Care Services unit.

Continuing your treatment in another hospital


We work closely with a number of hospitals and units that specialise in rehabilitation. If you are admitted to the Mater Hospital with an injury, stroke or another condition that will require rehabilitation, we will begin planning that rehabilitation at an early stage. While we are treating your acute illness, we will begin looking at the best location option for you to move on to after the Mater Hospital. Some of the rehabilitation centres that we work closely with include:


If you are ready to leave the acute hospital, but need additional time to recover before going home, your doctors may recommend that you transfer to a unit that provides convalescence care. Some of these units include St Mary's Hospital, Caritas and Mount Carmel Hospital.

Returning to another hospital

If you were transferred to the Mater Hospital from another acute hospital for specialist treatment, we will aim to discharge you back to your primary hospital once that main treatment is completed and you are well enough to return.

Moving on to a nursing home

You and your healthcare team may decide that the best option for you is long term care within a nursing home. If this is the case, we will work with you and your family to help find the best home for you. We will support you in applying for a place and with funding options - such as the Nursing Home Support Scheme, also known as the 'Fair Deal Scheme'.

The 'Fair Deal' scheme

What is it?

The Nursing Home Support Scheme (NHSS), also known as the 'Fair Deal' scheme, gives financial help to people who need long-term nursing home care. You make a contribution towards the cost of your care and the State pays the balance.

The amount that you contribute is means tested. A means test is a way of looking at your income and your financial resources. This information is used to decide how much you should pay, or if you should pay at all.

Applying for 'Fair Deal'

There are a number of steps to the scheme. You can read more about them in the following brochures

How we can help you

The Mater Hospital's social work department can help answer any questions you may have and help you with your application. We will also give you and your family an information pack at the beginning of the process. To get started, just ask a member of the Mater Hospital team to refer you to the social work department.