The Mater Foundation are delighted to have recently granted a combined €1.07 million in funding to support the equipping of the new Acute Medical Short Stay Unit, the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and the Respiratory Special Care unit on St Raphael’s Ward in the Mater Hospital.

The Hyper Acute Stroke Unit is a 6-bed unit will provide specialised acute care to stroke patients and others with neurological issues. The Acute Medical Short Stay Unit at Mater will transform the care patients receive, with reduced overcrowding, faster treatment times, and designated areas for older and more frail patients

All three of these areas will all play a major role in the months and years ahead as the staff at the Mater continue to provide world class care.


At the darkest time of the year, we are asking the public to light up the Mater Hospital with messages of hope, kindness and gratitude
for all those who can’t  be at home this Christmas. 

From December 1st – December 29th, you can add your own message of hope on wordsoflight.ie – these will be projected 8 storeys high on the front wall of the Mater Hospital from December 11th.

The money raised from this campaign will support three key areas vital to patient care: an expansion of the Emergency Department which treats more than 80,000 people every year, enhanced care for stroke patients, and improvements to breast cancer care.

The Mater Foundation’s special edition newsletter has recently been shared with our supporters.

From funding vital medical equipment, to transforming cancer surgery, to supporting our frontline workers as they adopt and respond to Covid 19… we have had incredible support this year.

Please read about the amazing impact being made at The Mater Hospital here

Your donation will support frontline staff in the fight against Covid-19

The Mater Hospital is the national centre for lung health in Ireland. It is also the national centre for adult emergency respiratory life support (ECMO).

As one of the main hospitals in the country the Mater will be at the centre of the fight against Covid -19.

Over the coming weeks and months, our amazing staff will treat large numbers of Covid-19 patients while also still caring for other patients with life threatening conditions.

One of the greatest needs for staff in the weeks and months ahead is ensuring that they have the supports they need to help them to deal with the psychological and emotional trauma that they will have to deal with, their mental health.

Many of them will contract Covid-19 and become ill themselves as they are caring for patients.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters the Mater Foundation has committed an emergency fund of €50,000 to help support the needs of all our amazing hospital staff during this crisis period, but more will be needed.

We have some of the best doctors, nurses and support staff in the in world working in our hospitals. As the Taoiseach said “not all heroes wear capes, some wear scrubs and gowns”.

They spend their lives putting others before themselves. But the reality is, if they fall down we all fall down.

Now is our time to help them.

Please donate whatever you can by clicking on the button below to support our Healthcare Heroes.