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Mater Hospital Emergency Department to close for 18 hours for relocation

The relocation had previously been postponed as management at the hospital said it did not want to impose additional pressures on other hospitals.

The new Whitty Building where the Emergency Department will relocate to.
The new Whitty Building where the Emergency Department will relocate to.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THE MATER HOSPITAL in Dublin has said today that its Emergency Department will close temporarily for 18 hours on 17 February while it moves from its current location to the new Whitty Building.

The Department will close to walk-in or self-arrival patients from 4am until 10pm next Sunday and the relocation process also requires the Department to close to ambulances from 10am to 10pm that day.

Last month, the relocation was postponed with management at the hospital saying that it did not want to impose additional pressures on other hospitals during the planned 32 hour closure period.

Patients with minor injuries can attend the Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic in The Forge, Smithfield Market which will open at 8am and extend its closing time to 8pm 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.

The Mater’s new Emergency Department in the Whitty Building will open for patients from 10pm on 17 February. Access for members of the public and ambulances to the new Emergency Department in the new Whitty Building is via pedestrian and road access on Eccles Street.

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