February 2014

Mater Departments Relocate To World Class Facilities

Mon, 10 February 14 12:00

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital announced the final migration of departments to their new hospital facility which will radically improve the quality of service and patient care. One of Ireland's leading acute teaching hospitals and an affiliate of the UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science for over 150 years, this development represents another milestone in the Mater's illustrious history.

The final migration of departments to the new €284 million development commences today (Monday 10th February 2014) with the relocation taking place over the coming two weeks. Elective surgery is scheduled to take place in the new building from Monday 24th February 2013.

About the New Departments & Services

Thanks to funding from the Health Services Executive, areas have moved or are moving from a building constructed in the 19th century to state-of-the-art facilities with technology to match.

This Final Phase involves:


  • Operating Theatres
  • Intensive Care and High Dependency units
  • National Centre for Cardiothoracic Surgery / Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • National Spinal Injuries Unit


In addition to remaining wards in the original Mater Misericordiae Wing these departments are moving to world class facilities with technology to match in the new Mater Whitty Wing.

This landmark new public hospital contains state-of-the art facilities including: 

  • 12 new operating theatres,
  • 120 one-bed en suite rooms,
  • New Emergency and Outpatients departments,
  • A modern Radiology Department
  • A 444-space underground car park.

“This final migration of departments to the Mater Whitty Wing creates a perfect environment for the delivery of world class care to our patients under the expertise of the most dedicated and   professional medical team,”

stated Mary Day CEO of the Mater Hospital. She continued

“The experience of our patients will be enhanced significantly through the provision of these state-of-art facilities This significant milestone in the long and illustrious history of the Mater Misericordiae Hospital and Sisters of Mercy’s dedication to serving the community, will ensure the hospital continues to enhance it national reputation for high quality care.” 


Notice to Visitors and Patients:

Between Monday 17th February and Friday 21st February 2014 inclusive, members of the public are asked not to visit or attend the hospital unless absolutely necessary as there will be a lot of activity in public areas. During this time critically ill patients will be relocated from the Intensive Care and High Dependency Units, Cardiothoracic High Dependency Unit, St Cecelia’s Cardiothoracic Ward, Heart Lung Transplant Ward, The National Spinal Injuries Unit and St Agnes Ward to modern facilities in the new building. Visitors intending to visit a patient in any of these areas at this time should contact a staff member in advance to seek clarification. We would like to express our gratitude to members of the public for their co-operation during this re-location period.

 Members of the public can access the Mater Whitty Wing facility via the main hospital entrance on the North Circular Road (open 06.30am to 8pm). This modern facility provides secure parking with direct access to the entrance foyer. Car access to this car park is from Eccles Street.


About the New Facilities:

Major Trauma Centre

The Mater’s status as a Major Trauma Centre will be apparent on completion of all the relocations. A trauma patient’s journey will be enhanced by the provision of direct access from the Mater’s Emergency Department combined with improved centralisation of critical care departments. The new Intensive Care and High Dependency Units are located adjacent to 12 new operating theatres, combined with ease of access to a Radiology Department and the National Spinal Injuries Unit.

Operating Theatres & Intensive Care Unit

The Mater Whitty Wing facility provides for 12 Operating Theatres on Level 3. Consistent with the overall design of the building, the theatres are designed to ensure that the patients’ experience is as comfortable, reassuring and safe as possible. Adjacent to the theatres the new Intensive Care Unit will have 18 cubicles, as will the new High Dependency Unit. This 36 bed facility is an increase from the current 29 beds in the existing hospital and provides each patient with their own space consistent with both the dignity of the patient and Strategy for the Control of Antimicrobial Resistance in Ireland (SARI) guidelines. The expanded capacity should enhance the ability of the unit to provide for the critical care needs of the broader network catchment arising from greater centralization of critical care.

National Centre for Cardiothoracic Surgery

The patient experience attending the National Centre for Cardiothoracic Surgery will be enhanced with their move to brighter and more comfortable facilities. A first-rate Cardiothoracic High Dependency 8 bed unit is located on Level 6, of the new building. St Cecelia’s Ward incorporating cardiothoracic surgery, transplantation and heart lung services relocates to a 33 single room facility on the same floor. The Heart / Lung Outpatients Department is on the move to a purpose built clinic area one floor up on Level 7.

National Spinal Injuries Unit

The National Spinal Injuries Unit, the only designated acute spinal injuries unit in the Republic of Ireland relocates to a contemporary 10 bed facility on Level 5. The new unit is fitted with new modern equipment which, along with the beneficial design, will further enhance the delivery of specialist care for spinal patients. The new unit comprises of 3 isolation rooms and 7 cubicles, thus enabling best practice in infection prevention and control.

The new location will enhance the journey of the patient across the continuum of care, with direct access to and from the Emergency Department, Outpatients, Radiology, Theatre and Intensive Care Unit. This beneficial design will also afford patients and their families a greater sense of privacy. A 30 bed facility, all single rooms, is the new location for St Agnes’s Ward, on the same floor.

Development History

The Mater Campus Hospital Development started in 2000 and involved the rebuilding of parts of Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Special attention was paid to the quality of the physical environment for patients, staff and visitors. This development contributes significantly to the urban renewal of the north inner city and consolidates it as a major hospital district. In addition it is the greenest and most technologically driven hospital in Ireland.

In April 2012 Minister James Reilly TD, Minister for Health, announced the phased opening of the development. The Phase One opening provided for outpatient and catering facilities. The Phase Two opening in early 2013 provided emergency and radiology facilities and later that year a new haematology and oncology ward with 100% single room provision opened.