Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

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Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
Health Service Executive
Mater Hospital.jpg
The Mater Hospital, Dublin
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital is located in Central Dublin
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
Shown in Dublin
LocationDublin City, County Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates53°21′33″N 6°16′08″W / 53.359274°N 6.268956°W / 53.359274; -6.268956Coordinates: 53°21′33″N 6°16′08″W / 53.359274°N 6.268956°W / 53.359274; -6.268956
Care systemHSE
Affiliated universityUniversity College Dublin
Emergency departmentYes

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal an Mater Misercordiae), commonly known as the Mater (/ˈmætər/ "matter"),[1] is a major teaching hospital, based at Eccles Street, Phibsborough, on the northside of Dublin, Ireland. It is managed by Ireland East Hospital Group.[2]


Old entrance to the hospital

The hospital was founded as an initiative of Catherine McAuley of the Sisters of Mercy and was officially opened by Daniel Murray, Archbishop of Dublin, on 24 September 1861.[3] Mater misericordiae means "Mother of Mercy" in Latin, a title of the Virgin Mary and alludes to its founders, the Sisters of Mercy. Electric light, a major step in the improvement of endoscopy, was first used by Sir Francis Cruise, to allow cystoscopy, hysteroscopy and sigmoidoscopy as well as the examination of the nasal (and later thoracic) cavities at the hospital in 1865.[4] It became the first hospital in Ireland to remain open 24 hours a day when it dealt with a cholera epidemic in 1886.[3]

In 2003, the National Pulmonary Hypertension Unit, the leading centre for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension in Ireland, was established at the hospital[5] and, in 2008, the hospital became the first public hospital in Ireland to offer percutaneous aortic valve replacement.[6]


The hospital, which is a teaching hospital for the University College Dublin, has 665 beds.[7] It contains a negative-pressure ventilation ward which houses the National Bio-Terrorism Unit.[8]

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  1. ^ "About Us > The Board of Governors". Archived from the original on 15 April 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Six hospital groups 'most fundamental reform in decades'". Irish Medical Times. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Mater Hospital celebrates its 150th anniversary". Health Manager. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  4. ^ Caniggia A, Nuti R, Lore F, Martini G, Turchetti V, Righi G (April 1990). "Long-term treatment with calcitriol in postmenopausal osteoporosis". Metabolism. 39 (4 Suppl 1): 43–9. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.223.345. JSTOR 25204557. PMC 2325571. PMID 2325571.
  5. ^ "Mater allots beds to PH patients as unit advances in research". Irish Times. 11 September 2007. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Irish patients have heart valves replaced without open surgery". Irish Times. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  7. ^ "About Us | The Mater Hospital". Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  8. ^ Wall, Martin (13 June 2006). "Mater to get bio-terrorism unit". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 October 2016.

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