We provide psychiatric and psychological assessment and care to Mater Hospital inpatients as well as follow up outpatient services to patients after discharge from the hospital. Patients are referred to us by Mater Hospital staff. 


This is one of four psychiatry services connected to the Mater Hospital – see Overview of Mater Psychiatry Services for information on the other services.

The service is based at the Mater Hospital. We provide assessment of acute psychiatric presentations in the Emergency Department, on the wards and in outpatient clinics.

The main inpatient ward, St Aloysius ward, contains 15 beds, five of which are Mater Hospital beds.  The remaining ten beds are part of the HSE Community Mental Health Service. 

Outpatient clinics are held in the Whitty Building on Mondays for new patients and on Thursdays for patients that are coming back for a review. 

In 2015, over 1,300 ward consultations were conducted and over 1,300 patients were seen in the Emergency Department. 

We work as part of a team that includes:

  • Consultant psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Alcohol counsellor
  • Secretarial staff

Our consultants have special interest in areas such as depression in the medically ill and medically unexplained symptoms.  

A specialist service is provided to the national heart and lung transplantation service. This involves assessing patients before transplantation and managing psychiatric or psychological problems after transplantation. 

We also work closely with the consultant psychiatrist in the Addiction Service.   


Education and research

 
We are actively involved in education and research. One of the two UCD professors of psychiatry is based here at the Mater Hospital. About 150 students participate in lectures in psychiatry and teaching is also provided to physiotherapy students and nurses.

A weekly journal club is held and a monthly clinical update is run by the consultant staff.  The psychiatry service also participates in the hospital grand rounds – a weekly meeting where we review recent research and developments in clinical practice. 

  • Sheehan J. Liaison Psychiatry – Heart Lung Transplantation.  Submitted to Advances 2016.  
  • Duffy R, Guerandel A, Casey P, Malone K, Kelly BD. Experiences of using Prezi in psychiatry teaching. Academic Psychiatry. 2015, Dec., 39(6), 615-9.
  • K Edwards, RM Duffy, BD Kelly. The silver surfer: Trends in internet usage in the over 65 and the potential health benefits. Irish Medical Journal. 2015; 108(6): 171-174.
  • Kelly BD, Emechebe A, Anamdi C, Duffy R, Murphy N, Rock C. Custody, Care and Country of Origin: Demographic and Diagnostic Admission Statistics at an Inner-City Adult Psychiatry Unit. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 2015; 38: 1-7.
  • Jabbar F, Doherty A, Duffy R, Aziz M, Casey P, Sheehan J, Lynch T, Kelly BD. The role of a neuropsychiatry clinic in a tertiary referral teaching hospital: a 2-year study. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine 2014; 31(4): 271 -273
  • RM Duffy, Casey P. A comprehensive look at bipolar affective disorder. The Medical Independent 2013 (Aug)
  • F. Jabbar, BD. Kelly and P. Casey.  National survey of psychiatrists’ responses to implementation of the Mental Health Act 2001 in Ireland.  Irish Journal of Medical Science, 2010, vol. 179, pg 291-294.
  • F. Jabbar and P. Casey.  What do you think of us?  Evaluating patient knowledge of and satisfaction with a psychiatric outpatient service.  Irish Journal of Medical Science, 2011, vol. 180, pg 195-201.
  • A.Doherty, F. Jabbar, B. Kelly and P. Casey. The role of personality in adjustment disorder and depressive episode. Journal of Affective Disorders. Accepted for publication. May 2014.
  • F. Jabbar, P. Casey, B. D. Kelly. Undergraduate psychiatry students’ attitudes towards teaching methods at an Irish university.  Irish Journal of Medical Science. Oct. 2014
  • Casey P, Jabbar F, O’Leary E and Doherty AM. Suicidal behaviours in adjustment disorder and depressive episode. Journal of Affective Disorders. Online December 2014.
  • Jabbar F, Doherty A., Duffy R, Aziz M, Casey P, et al The role of a neuropsychiatry clinic in a tertiary referral teaching hospital: a 2-year study. Irish Journal of Psychological medicine.  31(04):271-273. 2014.
  • P. Casey and F. Jabbar.  Adjustment disorder considered.  Advances in Psychiatric Treatment.  2013. 19, 99-107.
  • Giblin Y, Sheehan J. Prevalence of antidepressant use in pregnant women attending a Dublin maternity hospital: closer to Boston or Berlin? College of Psychiatrists of Ireland: Spring Conference 2016. 
  • Duffy R, Guerandel A, Casey P, Malone K. Prezi in Medical Education. Irish network of Medical Educators: Annual Scientific Meeting 2013. 
  • Duffy R, Guerandel A, Casey P, Malone K. Prezi in Medical Education. College of Psychiatrists of Ireland: Spring Conference 2013. 

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Referral Information

This service is available to Mater Hospital patients only. Patients are referred to us by the patient’s primary consultant. 

Your appointment

If you are referred to the outpatient clinic, we will send your appointment to you by post. 

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