Car parking

If arriving by car, please use the main visitors’ car park marked on this Mater Hospital site map.

There is a small charge for parking, which you will need to pay at the kiosk or pay machines BEFORE you return to your car.

Parking for blue badge holders

There are nine parking spaces for blue badge holders in front of the main hospital building and another two at the main hospital entrance.

There are five more parking spaces for blue badge holders between the Fairview buildings. Fairview is on the opposite side of the Crumlin Road to the main Mater Hospital.

Free car parking

Patients with specific acute conditions who are required to attend the hospital on a regular basis will be entitled to free parking on site during their period of treatment.

If you believe you are eligible, you should speak to the ward sister / nurse in charge.

Free car parking will be provided to anyone who meets the following eligibility criteria:

Patient Next of kin / partner Relative Visitor
Radiotherapy / chemotherapy Yes Yes if transporting patient Yes if transporting patient No
Renal dialysis Yes Yes if transporting patient Yes if transporting patient No
Critical care / high dependency N/A Yes Discretionary Discretionary

Trust staff will use discretion to apply the eligibility criteria in other situations where the duration and/or frequency of visits leads to significant charges, for example:

  • a patient who may have a number of outpatient appointments over an extended period
  • a patient who may benefit from lengthy or frequent visits from relatives or friends to help adjust to a new environment
  • a patient outside the prescribed treatment categories who has to make lengthy and/or frequent visits for treatment
  • relatives who are spending a lot of time with a very sick or dying relative
  • parents or guardians who are staying with their sick child or baby
  • husbands or partners who are with their wife or partner while she is in labour
Hospital Travel Costs Scheme

The Hospital Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) was set up in 1988 as part of the NHS Low Income Scheme. This scheme provides financial assistance to patients who do not need an ambulance, but require assistance with their travel costs.

Under HTCS, patients on low incomes or specific qualifying benefits may be refunded for fares to attend NHS services under the care of a consultant. The journey will need to meet certain criteria.

Electric vehicle charge points

We have installed an electric vehicle charge point at the Mater Hospital. The ecar charge point can be found in front of the Dorrian Building.

The charge point can be accessed using the RFID card supplied by e-carni.

Mater Hospital site congestion

Belfast Trust would like to apologise if you find yourself in a queue to access the car park. We fully understand that you may be concerned that you could be late or possibly miss your appointment.

In these circumstances, you should proceed to your appointment location as normal. We will try to ensure that your appointment can go ahead after you arrive.

If your appointment needs to be rearranged, we will organise another date as soon as possible. We will ensure that our records do not show this as a missed appointment.