After much controversy, delays and overspending, Mater Dei hospital finally replaced the old and dodgy St. Luke’s hospital in June 2007 with the last of the personnel having migrated by November of the same year. The cost of the project had been initially predicted to be around 116m Euro, however the end cost reached over half a billion Euro in total.

Malta’s health care is provided for free (well not exactly for free, just from the tax payers money) by the state and over 80% of the Maltese population makes use of it.

Mater Dei is the main and largest hospital offered by the state. Its location right next to the University of Malta (which is also state run), aids in the fact that it is also the main teaching hospital on the island. Mater Dei hospital is spread over 250,000 sqm with a total of 7,156 rooms of which 6,700 are equipped with state of the art medical equipment and the best technology and source coding software. This includes 25 operating theatres and 906 patient beds.

Every patient in Mater Dei hospital has access to TV, Internet, radio and telephone from their own bed at a minor cost. Other facilities include a nurse call system (which is similar to an intercom system and will also give you access to a critical care nurse), and a CPR button, which is directly linked by a pager to the cardio-pulmonary resuscitation team.

Environmental considerations were taken in the planning and the construction of the hospital. Mater Dei hospital is in fact the first building in Malta with insulated external walls and high performance glass fitted into the windows. This reduces cooling costs during the summer months and heating costs during the winter months.

Other environmental considerations taken into consideration include; the collection of rainwater for irrigation, low flush toilets, recycling, the use of environmentally friendly refrigerants and many others.

Mater Dei Malta address:

Tal-Qroqq, Msida
MSD 2090

Tel: 25 450000
Fax: 25454154

Mater Dei general visiting hours:

Monday to Saturday

  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm
  • 03:45pm – 5:30pm
  • 07:30pm – 8:00pm

Sundays & Public Holidays

  • 10:00am – 11:30am
  • 03:45pm – 5:30pm
  • 07:30pm – 8:00pm

Exceptions to visiting hours at Mater Dei Hospital Malta:

  • Cardiac Medical Ward & CCU – All days 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • CICU – All days 10:30 am – 11:00 am and 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Disneyland – One parent can stay with the child at any time
  • Fairyland – Both parents can stay from 8 am to 8 pm
  • ITU – All days 10:30 am – 11:00 am and 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • NPICU – Parents can stay with their babies at any time, grandparents can visit on Sundays only from: 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Obstetric Wards – Partners only 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, other visitors 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Plastic Surgery & Burns Unit – Monday to Saturday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Holidays 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Rainbow – Open visiting hours
  • Wonderland – Relatives may visit from 3.45 pm – 5.30 pm

Useful telephone numbers:

  • Blood Donation Centre G’Mangia – 2206 6201
  • Customer Care Office – 2545 4184
  • Emergency Ambulance – 112
  • Emergency Department – 2545 4030
  • Main Reception – 2545 4182
  • Medicines & Poisons Info Office – 2545 6504
  • Out-patient Appointment Office – 2545 4182
  • Pharmacy – 2545 6535
  • X-Ray Appointment Office – 2545 6700