Our hospital has three post acute care service units. These are called the Synge, Yeats and Joyce units. These post acute care service units are located in Fairview in Dublin and are all managed and staffed by the Mater Hospital.

What is post acute care?

The Mater Hospital is an acute hospital which means we specialise in treating patients who have urgent, short-term medical needs.

With some patients, they reach a point of being medically stable but are not quite ready to go home or to go to a nursing home. For these patients, we provide a specialised service called post acute care where we provide support to patients and their family until they reach their full potential and can be discharged from hospital.

Our team

Our team’s philosophy is to provide a supportive caring, safe and homely environment for all our patients, their families and our colleagues.
Courtesy, compassion, caring and respect are the values of PACS. 

As a patient, you will be treated by a team that specialises in re-ablement. This means that we will support your recovery until you reach your full potential and are well enough to return home. The service is led by nurses, with support from consultants who specialise in providing care for older people, medical social workers and pharmacists. 

To help you reach your full potential our team will:

  • Provide information and support to you, your family and carers to avoid the need for nursing home care where possible.
  • Help you or your family put extra supports in place for when you go home. We can, for example, help you to apply for home care packages and other services.
  • Visit your home with you so that you can become familiar with things again and feel more confident about going home.
  • Help speed up nursing home applications, if this is needed.
  • Set up any other services you may need, such as wound care management, IV antibiotic therapy (through a drip) or palliative care (pain management) services.

What to bring with you when you move to PACS

  • Underwear
  • Daywear and footwear
  • Nightwear, dressing gown and slippers
  • Glasses
  • Mobility aids
  • Toiletries

What you can expect when you move to PACS

Your care:

  • Our team will greet you and introduce you to the unit and we will discuss your care plan with you.
  • Our team will provide support and expertise during your stay with us.
  • Our team will meet with you about your discharge plan (leaving PACs).

Recreation & facilities:

  • Our activities coordinator will plan patient activities each afternoon from Monday to Friday including painting, quizzes, music, board games, bingo, exercises and movies. 
  • Pet therapy takes place on Monday evenings.
  • We have lovely gardens for patients in all units to enjoy.
  • Hairdressing appointments are available on Fridays.
  • Mass is held on Sundays.


  • Breakfast is served in the dining room at 8.15am
  • Mid morning cup of tea/coffee and snack is served either in the sitting room or your room (the choice is yours) at 10.30am
  • Dinner is served in the dining room at 12.15pm
  • Tea is served in the dining room at 4pm
  • Supper (cup of tea and a sandwich or snack) is served in your room between 7.30pm-8pm.

Our catering staff will always try their best to offer food options that you enjoy, so please let them know if you have any preferences. 

Protected Mealtimes

We have a policy in PACS called Protected Mealtimes. This means that we kindly ask relatives and friends of our patients to avoid visiting or telephoning PACS during mealtimes. This allows our nursing staff to concentrate on helping patients during their meals without interruption which greatly benefits our patients, as they can enjoy meals in a calm environment while our staff can focus fully on their wellbeing.

Our Protected Mealtimes Poster which you will see in PACS

If you normally visit PACS at mealtimes to help a relative or friend eat, we are happy for this to continue. Please discuss this with a staff nurse on the unit.  

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