The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital is operating a reduced service

Visitor restrictions

In the interest of safety, we ask that the public do not visit the hospital at this time.

The only visitors allowed are those visiting:

  • patients in critical care
  • vulnerable young adults
  • psychiatry patients
  • patients receiving end of life care

Children are not allowed to visit the hospital.

The Mater Hospital has all infection control measures in place. These visitor restrictions will help us lower the spread of infection.

Please do not visit the Mater Hospital if you have been to an area with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Phone your GP if you have symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or a high temperature. Do not visit the Mater Hospital if you have these symptoms.

Visitor guidelines

If you are coming to the hospital, please wash your hands properly before you arrive. Use the hand gel or foam at our main entrances before you go in, and before you leave.

Please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Make sure you put used tissues in a bin and wash your hands afterwards. This will help stop the spread of viruses.

Patient services

All appointments will go ahead unless you are told otherwise. If you want to reschedule your appointment, please contact the hospital.

Patients who need urgent or time-sensitive surgeries will still have these. Surgeries will take place at the Mater Hospital or at a private hospital.

We are reducing non-urgent activities and will contact any affected patients in advance.

If you are due a critical surgery or appointment, and we have not contacted you, please attend as planned.

For more information on COVID-19, please see the HSE website or call the HSE helpline on 1850 241850.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Latest Updates

Patient Vaccination Statement

We are offering COVID-19 vaccination to very high risk patients who attend the hospital in accordance with HSE guidelines. We are calling patients for vaccination as vaccine supply for the various age cohorts comes available.

Please note we are currently in receipt of Moderna (mRNA) vaccine and begin our roll out to the 18 - 59 year old age group this week. Please bear with us patiently as we work through large lists to get to you.

If you are aged 60 - 69 you can now register on the HSE portal to get your covid vaccine locally.

Register at vaccine.hse.ie or call 1850 24 1850.

Statement From The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Multidisciplinary Centre For Venous Thromboembolism

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has advised that the benefits of the Vaxzevria® (COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) vaccine outweigh the risks.

They conclude that unusual blood clots with low blood platelet counts is a rare side effect of the Vaxzevria® (COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) vaccine. This side effect is estimated to occur for between 4 and 10 people in every 1 million.

It is still important to be aware of the symptoms. The National Immunization Advisory Council (NIAC) say you should seek immediate medical attention if you develop any of the following after receiving the Vaxzevria® vaccination:

  • Shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • leg swelling
  • persistent abdominal pain
  • severe and persistent headaches (particularly 3 or more days after vaccination)
  • blurred vision
  • tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the site of the injection.

The NIAC issued updated guidelines on 12 April 2021, recommending that:

  • people aged 60 or older can have Vaxzevria® and any other authorised COVID-19 vaccine. This includes those with medical conditions or a high risk of severe COVID-19
  • people under 60 should not have the Vaxzevria® vaccine. This includes those with medical conditions or a high risk of severe COVID-19
  • anyone who has a blood clot with low blood platelets after a dose of Vaxzevria® should not have a second dose
  • those aged 60 or older who have had their first dose of Vaxzevria® should get their second dose 12 weeks later
  • under 60s with a high-risk medical condition and who have had their first dose of Vaxzevria® should have their second dose 12 weeks later
  • those under 60 who do not have a high-risk condition and who have had their first dose of Vaxzevria® should have their second dose 16 weeks later. This gives the NIAC more time to review evidence and provide more information.

Guidance may develop over the coming weeks and months.

There is currently no evidence that those with clotting or platelet disorders are at increased risk. 

We advise this in line with the NIAC and recommendations from the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

Those with a history of blood clots or thrombophilia (including antiphospholipid syndrome) should get their vaccinations per NIAC’s age categories above.

COVID-19 causes an increased risk of blood clots. This risk is reported to be high (up to 20%) in those who have severe COVID-19 disease. It is very important you protect yourself against COVID-19 and take the vaccine you are offered.

Please speak to a healthcare professional if you have any questions.

Learn more via the following links:​

Stay safe and healthy

Patient comfort & care during COVID-19

What can the Social Work Department do to Support You and your family?
Due to COVID-19, there are visiting restrictions in place in acute hospitals at the moment in Ireland, including the Mater Hospital. These restrictions are in place to protect our patients, our staff and the general public. We understand that visiting restrictions mean that patients don’t get to see their families as much as they would like to while in hospital, and can also mean that families don’t get as much regular feedback on how their loved one is doing in hospital. This can cause worry while the patient is staying with us in hospital. 


Medical Social Workers often act as a liaison between patients/families and the clinical team. We want to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what is happening for you and that you have the opportunity to take part in any discussions and decisions about your care. This communication does not replace the clinical feedback from the medical or nursing team, but will hopefully provide reassurance for patients and their family members. We will also be happy to facilitate virtual visits/meetings with members of the ward based team which will hopefully mean you can remain connected to your family during your inpatient stay.

We understand just how difficult it is for our patients not being able to see family while they are in our care at the moment. It is especially hard for patients who are unable or unfamiliar with using mobile phones to keep in touch with family. We have found that putting photos of family or loved ones in our patient rooms has brought a huge sense of comfort and calm to them. Our medical social workers are very happy to facilitate this if a patient and their family would like to have photos of family members or loved ones in their room while they are in our care. To discuss this please contact the social work department on 01 8032406, or alternatively you can email socialwork@mater.ie with your contact details and also the name and ward of the patient and the team will get back to you.

If you feel that our Medical Social Work Department could support you/your family member in our care in another way, please do not hesitate to get in touch and let us know by emailing us at the above email address.

We know how upsetting and difficult it is for patients to not to be able to have visitors in hospital during this challenging time. 

We've created a new email inbox where family & loved ones can send a letter or message to a patient to brighten up their day.

Just email your letter or message to bestwishes@mater.ie along with the patient name, patient date of birth or address (so we can ensure post goes to correct patient) and the ward name. The Patient Liaison Team will then print it out, put it in an envelope and hand deliver it to the patient's ward for you.

This service will run Monday to Friday and messages received over the weekend or on public holidays will be delivered the next working day.

Family or friends can drop off essential patient property at the Patient Laundry Exchange area. This will be open to friends and relatives every Tuesday and Thursday between 12 pm (midday) and 2 pm.

Essential patient property may include clothes and toiletries.

Please do not drop off items at any other time.

Picking up laundry

Patient laundry will be collected from each hospital ward and taken to the Patient Laundry Exchange. 

A patient must notify ward staff if they have a bag of laundry that needs to be collected.

Family members can collect laundry every Tuesday and Thursday between 12pm (midday) and 2pm from the Patient Laundry Exchange area.

Location

The Patient Laundry Exchange is located in the Hostel Entrance (known as the dialysis entrance).

The Hostel Entrance is on Eccles Street, opposite the back gate of Berkeley Road Church.

Please ensure that only laundry is in the bag. Do not leave valuables in a laundry bag. This may include items such as hearing aids, dentures or glasses. The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital cannot accept responsibility for any damage or loss that may occur when using this laundry service.

We understand how upsetting is is that families and friends of patients cannot visit them while they are ill in hospital at this difficult time. Try to remember that this for the best for everyone. Below are a few ways that you can keep in touch with a patient in our care at the moment.
  • See above for Patient Messages & Letters if you'd like to send a message or letter by email to a patient. This will be printed and delivered for you,
  • You can send a card or letter by post to a patient in our care. On the envelope include the patient's full name, the name of the ward they are on, and the hospital address: Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7.
  • There is Wi-Fi available in all our wards and we are encouraging patients who have smart phones to keep in touch with their friends and family using apps such as Skype, Zoom or WhatsApp for ‘Virtual Visiting’.  
  • Our Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme received a very generous donation of a small number of tablets to facilitate ‘virtual visiting’ to support patients to stay in touch with their friends and family. This is very useful for patients who don’t have a smartphone, or if they are too frail or ill to use their phone at the moment. The tablets also allow a ‘virtual visit’ take place in cases where a family member cannot visit the hospital. Our staff will facilitate a virtual visit over Skype / Zoom / WhatsApp / Viber etc. To make arrangements for this, please email bestwishes@mater.ie giving the patient name and patient date of birth or address, the ward they are on, together with the name, email address and telephone number of a designated family member to arrange the Virtual Visit call with. Every effort will be made to arrange facilitate a telephone or video call or a virtual visit at the earliest opportunity by a member of our healthcare team.