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:
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.
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.
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.
The European Medicines agency (EMA) have concluded that unusual blood clots with low blood platelet counts should be listed as a very rare side effect of the AstraZeneca and the Janssen COVID-19 vaccines.
However, given the many health risks associated with COVID-19 (including a risk of much more common types of blood clot), the EMA advise that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks. In Ireland, the National Immunization Advisory Council (NIAC) advises the Department of Health on matters related to vaccination administration and safety. On the 28th of June, NIAC advised the following:
The chance of having this side effect of unusual thrombosis is extremely low, but you should still be aware of symptoms so that you can get prompt medical treatment to help recovery and avoid complications.
We wish to highlight NIAC's recommendation that you should seek immediate medical attention if you develop any of the following symptoms in the weeks after vaccination - shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, neurological symptoms, such as severe and persistent headaches (particularly 3 or more days after vaccination) or blurred vision or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the site of the injection.
Importantly, in line with NIAC's recommendations and those of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, we advise that there is currently no evidence of an increased risk for those with clotting or platelet disorders. Patients with a prior history of blood clots or with a history of thrombophilia (including antiphospholipid syndrome) should continue to be vaccinated.
Remember that COVID-19 causes an increased risk of blood clots. This risk is reported to be very high (up to 10-20%) in people who have severe COVID-19. Therefore, protecting yourself against COVID-19 is very important.
Please do speak to your healthcare professional if you have any questions.
Stay safe and healthy.
No patient appointments have been cancelled at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Please attend your scheduled appointments as planned.
We have experienced minor interruptions, however, all services will be fully operational by 19th May 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.