Public Announcement

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital is limiting activity at the hospital to essential services only

If you are a patient, please note that non-essential outpatient appointments and elective surgeries are deferred until further notice. All elective orthopaedic and spinal services are now also cancelled. Patients whose appointments are deferred will be contacted by us by telephone.

The Mater Hospital will also be moving all fracture clinics to the Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic from Wednesday 18 March 2020.

The Mater Hospital regrets the impact that this will have on our patients but these new arrangements are necessary in order to deal with the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) during these unprecedented times.

Our staff are working extremely hard to deal with the virus and to care for all patients currently in the hospital. The Mater Hospital is employing all infection control measures and every effort is being made to manage and control the spread of the virus.  

Visting restrictions at the hospital

In the interest of safety, we are still requesting that the public do not visit the hospital at this time. The only visitors allowed are those who are visiting:

  • patients in critical care
  • vulnerable young adults
  • loved ones who are receiving end of life care

We are now limiting visitors in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Only next of kin and one visitor at a time will be allowed to visit the ICU until further notice. 

No children are permitted to visit the hospital under any circumstances.  

These visitor restrictions are in place for public and patient safety to minimise the possible spread of infections.

If you are a permitted visitor or patient, please ensure you have properly washed your hands before arriving at the hospital and please use the hand hygiene gel or foam provided at our main entrances on arrival and exit from the hospital. Please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands afterwards. Responsible hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette helps to stop the spread of viruses.

If you have been to an area with confirmed Coronavirus or if you are experiencing symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and a high temperature, please do not visit the Mater Hospital. Please contact your GP by telephone if you require medical assistance.

For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) please see the HSE website here or call the HSE helpline on 1850 241850.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Patient Laundry Exchange

To maintain patient comfort, dignity and care in these challenging times, we have set up a temporary patient laundry exchange process. This allows a family member to exchange clean/dirty laundry for a patient while there are visiting restrictions in place at the hospital.


  • A patient can contact a family member and let them know that they have a bag of laundry that needs to be collected.
  • A family member can collect the bag of laundry on a Tuesday or a Thursday between 12pm and 2pm at the laundry exchange.
  • The laundry exchange is located inside the hostel entrance (also known as the dialysis entrance) of the hospital, which is located on Eccles Street, directly opposite the back gate of Berkley Road Church. A family member can also bring in a bag of fresh laundry at this time which will be delivered to their loved one within 24 hours.
  • Please ensure that only laundry only is in the bag - no valuables, hearing aids, dentures, glasses etc

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital regrets that it cannot accept any responsibility for any damage or loss that may occur as a result of using this temporary laundry service.