Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

The Mater Hospital is a teaching hospital based in Dublin's north inner city. It provides a range of frontline and specialist services on a regional and national level

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1852 – and officially opening its doors in 1861 – the Mater Hospital is at the heart of County Dublin, East Leinster and indeed the nation.

For over 150 years it has been a centre of excellence in medical teaching, and provides the best care to patients irrespective of their means. The hospital strives to be the safest in Ireland, delivering the highest quality care through patient-centred processes.


The Mater Hospital is home to:

  • The National Cardiac Unit
  • The National Heart and Lung Transplant Unit
  • The National Spinal Injuries Unit
  • The largest 24 hour ‘On-Call’ Accident and Emergency Service
  • The largest teaching hospital programme – associated with University College Dublin

In 2015, the Mater cared for a combined total of 315,500 patients from inpatient, day patient and outpatient admissions. It also saw 58,900 emergency department visits.


The hospital also has over 600 inpatient beds, 85 day beds, and 12 operating theatres.

The Mater Hospital also drives improvements in healthcare by investing in research and innovation. By connecting staff with academics and industry it nurtures the skills, knowledge and ideas to develop real and meaningful improvements in patient care.

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