Our acute cardiology unit cares for patients with cardiovascular (heart
and blood vessel) and endocrine (hormone) diseases.
Acute medicine is a service for patients who are acutely unwell with a
new or long-term (chronic) medical condition
Our addiction psychiatry unit provides addiction treatment to
inpatients and works closely with the other psychiatric services at the
Our Adult Psychiatry Department provides psychiatric and
psychological assessment and care to Mater Hospital inpatients as
well as to patients after discharge from the hospital.
The Department of Anaesthesia provides pre-operative assessment,
anaesthesia, post-operative care and peri-operative care for elective
and emergency surgical patients.
Our audiology department assesses and treats patients with hearing
and balance impairments or disorders.
Our barium studies team use barium imaging (fluoroscopy) where the
GI tract is coated with barium and imaged using live X-ray to allow a
radiologist to view and assess the anatomy and function of the
esophagus, stomach and duodenum and the lower part of the GI
Our biomedical imagery team provide a clinical photography service to
help our doctors reach a diagnosis and plan treatment for our
We provide a same day blood testing service for Mater Hospital Clinic
patients and an urgent appointment system for GP’s.
This service diagnoses and treats women with breast symptoms.
We diagnose and treat patients with cancer with our team of experts
in radiology, pathology, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and
Cardiac rehabilitation is an outpatient service for people who have had
a cardiac illness or treatment.
The Mater Hospital is the national centre for cardiothoracic surgery
and heart and lung transplantation.
We provide specialist assessment and treatment for patients with liver
This is a procedure where an injection is used to deliver medication to
nerves in your neck.
Colorectal surgery provides treatment for diseases of the colon, rectum,
and anus, such as cancer, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.
We assess and treat adults with mental health issues within the
Mater Hospital’s local catchment area.
The Mater Hospital critical care service includes includes the Intensive
Care Unit (ICU) and the High Dependency Unit (HDU).
CT scans deliver a detailed series of X-ray images of the body and
uses computer processing to produce cross-sectional images of the
bones, blood vessels and soft tissues.
The Daffodil Centres are part of the Irish Cancer Society’s cancer support
If you are attending the hospital for a minor surgical procedure you
may be attending the Day Surgery Unit.
Our dermatologists diagnose and treat all kinds of skin disorders and
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense,
causing them to fracture (break) more easily. A DEXA scan is used to
measure bone density.
At the Diabetes Day Centre we provide treatment and specialist support
for patients with all types of diabetes and for patients with hormonal
Our Dietitians work with people who are nutritionally at risk because
they are unwell and/or undergoing treatment that affects their
nutritional status and their ability to eat.
The early supported discharge (ESD) service allows patients who have
had a stroke get an early discharge from hospital. You then continue
with your assessment and rehabilitation in your own home, under the
care of specialist therapists.
Our Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We treat people who have urgent medical problems because of accidents
Supporting people at the end of their lives is an important part of the
Mater Hospital’s service. It involves caring for people during their last few
days, weeks or months and ensuring their comfort and dignity.
An epidural injection is used to deliver medication into the epidural space
located between the bony outer margins of the spine and the nerves and
Our Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) service provides
comprehensive care for patients with acute, potentially reversible lung
or heart failure.
The GI unit provides both inpatient and outpatient services for patients
who need an endoscopic procedure.
Our highly specialised team provide heart and lung transplantation
service for patients whose heart or lungs are failing.
We provide both inpatient and outpatient care for people with all kinds
Interventional Radiology is the use of imaging with minimally
invasive techniques to diagnose and treat certain conditions.
Our multidisciplinary team cares for the medical, physical, mental and
social care needs of older people.
The National Centre for Inherited Metabolic Disorders provides
assessment and treatment to adults with inherited metabolic disorders.
An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan a type of imaging that uses
very strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images
of the inside of the body.
We provide a multi-disciplinary, high quality and compassionate care to
all patients with neurological conditions.
Neurology is a branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the brain
and nervous system.
Our clinical neurophysiology unit performs neurological investigations
Nuclear medicine is a type of medical imaging that uses small quantities
of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat
a variety of diseases within the body.
Occupational therapists (OTs) work with people who have difficulty
completing the activities of everyday life (occupations) because of an
illness or a disability. We help them find ways to do the things that are
meaningful to them again.
We provide outpatient, inpatient and emergency services for a range of
The pain medicine service runs outpatient clinics where patients visit a
member of the pain medicine team. Patients also attend for pain
treatment and services run by other specialties such as Physiotherapy
Palliative care is specialised medical care for people with serious
illnesses. We focus on providing patients with relief from the
symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness – whatever the
The pathology laboratory provides local, regional and national
diagnostic services in all laboratory medicine disciplines. Laboratory
investigations are performed and the results of laboratory tests are
made available to patients through their clinicians or GPs.
The Pharmacy Department buys, stores and supplies all drugs and
medicines used within the hospital and provides information on them.
Our pharmacists also advise on the safe and effective use of these drugs
Physiotherapists are experts in human activity and movement.
Physiotherapy aims to restore movement and function when someone is
affected by an injury, illness or disability.
Plastic surgeons reconstruct and restore tissue in all parts of the body.
We specialise in cancer, trauma, breast and craniofacial patients. We
also manage skin cancers and hand problems.
Our podiatry team provides treatment for foot ulcers and for Charcot
neuropathy. We can also refer you to our orthotist for specialist
footwear and orthotics.
We provide a specialised service called post acute care where we
provide support to you and your family until you reach your full
potential and can be discharged.
The Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic reviews patients in advance of their
surgery. This is to make sure you are ready for your surgery.
There are four different psychiatry services linked to the Mater Hospital
We assess and treat people over the age of 65 who have developed
mental health problems for the first time
The Psychology Department has four staff members who are linked to
different teams across the hospital – cardiac rehabilitation, heart and
lung transplant, liaison psychiatry, liver centre and pain medicine.
This service provides advanced imaging services to the patients and
clinicians within the hospital.
Rehabilitation medicine concerns the assessment and treatment of
patients, who have had a loss of function due to certain life-changing
illnesses and injuries, with the objective of re-integration back into the
home, community, employment and leisure activities.
Respiratory medicine manage a wide range of breathing-related
difficulties and lung disorders.
Our multidisciplinary team cares for patients with arthritis,
musculoskeletal and rheumatologic disorders.
If you are attending the hospital for elective surgery and need to stay
overnight it is likely that you will stay in the Scheduled Care Ward
We help both inpatient and outpatient smokers to stop smoking. The
service operates on a daily basis and includes follow-up contact for up to
This service helps patients and their families with any psychological,
emotional, social or practical difficulties during their hospital stay.
Speech and language therapists (SLTs) work with people who have
speech, language, voice or swallowing issues.
The National Spinal Injuries Unit is located at the Mater Hospital and
provides specialised, coordinated, interdisciplinary, medical and
surgical care to patients with spinal cord injuries.
This service assesses and treats patients who are admitted to the
hospital with stroke.
If you are attending the hospital for elective surgery and are likely to
go home on the same day you may be admitted to the Surgical Day
If you are attending the hospital for a minor surgical procedure you may
be asked to attend theatre as an extern patient.
An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to create images of organs and
structures inside your body.
A specialist area of surgery that provides treatment for conditions of
the liver, pancreas and biliary tract
Urology is the medical and surgical management of conditions of the
kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate, testes and genitalia.
Objective and reliable assessments of patients with arterial and venous
A comprehensive service for patients with disease of the arterial and
Patients come to us for information and warfarin therapy monitoring. We
also provide each patient with their individual warfarin doses, and print
the details of their dosage into their yellow record book.
General X-ray is the original and most commonly used form of diagnostic