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.
Significant disruption and delays to services are expected in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital as a result of the planned industrial action by the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association (MLSA).
The industrial action is expected to take place from 8am to 8pm on Wednesday 18th of May. The Mater Hospital has been contacting patients whose planned inpatient or day-case elective procedures are going to be affected. However, dialysis and cancer services are expected to continue.
The Mater advises patients to turn up to their appointments as scheduled, unless they have been contacted by the hospital directly to cancel their appointments.
The medical scientists have worked closely with management to ensure that urgent services can be delivered safely during the industrial action. The Emergency Department in the Mater will be open as normal and will prioritise the treatment of the sickest and most urgent patients.
However, we do expect that there will be an impact on the ED and patients with non-urgent care needs may experience delays. Therefore, we would urge such patients to seek other treatment options such as their GP, if appropriate to their care needs.
All appointments and procedures disrupted will be rescheduled as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience the strike causes our patients.
The Mater Hospital is appealing to the public, where possible, to avoid its emergency department (ED). Hospital services are under extreme pressure due to a combination of large numbers of people contracting Covid, high numbers of presentations at the ED and high levels of staff absences due to Covid-19. Patients who are presenting at our ED with non-urgent conditions are unfortunately experiencing lengthy waiting times to be seen.
Where possible, the Mater advises patients with non-emergency conditions to seek assistance from other parts of the health service such as minor injury units or their GP. However, any patient who is in need of emergency hospital care will of course be seen and the Mater would urge such patients not to delay and to seek such care.
We apologise for any inconvenience this causes to the public and thank them for their understanding and cooperation.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.