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Mater Hospital's emergency department to close for 18 hours

Patients that are seriously ill or injured should dial 999 or go directly to another Emergency Department.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THIS SUNDAY, THE emergency department at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital will close for 18 hours for walk-in patients.

The closure will last from 4am until 10pm to allow for the emergency department to relocate to the new Whitty Building.

The move will also mean that the Department will close to ambulances from 10am to 10pm on 17 February.

Patients with minor injuries can attend the Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic in The Forge, Smithfield Market, Dublin 7. It opens from 8am and has extended its closing time to 8pm this Sunday to facilitate the relocation.

During this temporary closure period, patients that are seriously ill or injured should dial 999 or go directly to another Emergency Department.

By 10pm on Sunday, the Mater’s new Emergency Department will open for patients and it can be accessed from Eccles Street.

The new access is well signposted and situated approximately 100 metres from the Dorset Street end of Eccles Street. Pedestrian access is adjacent to the new car park ramp.

The new A&E includes a resuscitation room; 15 new single patient examination and treatment cubicles; a dedicated CT and x-ray suite and space for liaison personnel.

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