The Mater Private Hospital Dublin has this week reopened its Emergency Department (ED) facilities following a seven-month closure, as the hospital supported the HSE in the delivery of healthcare during the first COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
The ED service, located on the fourth floor of the hospital will open from 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, and to ensure strict adherence to all Covid-19 safety measures, will see patients on an appointment basis only.
Patients with any of the following conditions can be seen by the ED team, subject to standard Covid-19 screening procedures:
- Non COVID-19 related sepsis
- general deterioration
- weight loss/decreased appetite
- collapse (unknown cause)
- gastrointestinal (GI) bleed
- vomiting and diarrhoea
- non-cardiac chest pain
- soft tissue infection
- Non COVID-19 related fever
- deterioration of known respiratory illness (GP referral only)
To protect the health and wellbeing of all, patients attending the Mater Private Hospital Dublin are subject to mandatory Covid-19 screening on arrival.
Stringent health and safety measures such as social distancing, hand hygiene stations, compulsory PPE and temperature checks for staff also remain in place around the hospital.
Medical travel exempt under Level 5 restrictions
All medical appointments scheduled at the Mater Private Dublin will continue throughout Level 5, as these are classed as an exemption under the travel restrictions set out by Government.
Patients are encouraged to prioritise their health concerns and keep all necessary medical appointments as we enter into an uncertain period ahead.
Commenting on the reopening of the Emergency Department, General Manager of the Mater Private Network, Val Caffrey said:
“Our Emergency Department is now open to patients on an appointment only basis. As we move into Level Five lockdown, the reopening of the department will ensure that patients with an urgent non-COVID complaint can be seen and treated promptly, reducing the burden on already busy public hospital emergency departments.
“It is important to note that travel for medical reasons is exempt from the Level 5 travel restrictions due to come into effect on Wednesday night. We urge patients to prioritise their health in this uncertain period ahead and to keep any necessary medical appointments in the weeks ahead.”