Car parking at the Mater

If arriving by car please use the main car park. There is a charge for car parking which you will need to pay at the kiosk or pay machines BEFORE you return to your car.

Allow yourself plenty of time (around 60 minutes) to park and to get to your clinic or ward.


Visitor Charge Bands  £ 
 0-24 Hours  1.00

Car park charges are currently under review.

Free Car Parking

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

Free car parking will be issued to anyone who meets the following eligibility criteria.

Eligibility for Free Car Parking


  Application  of Free Car Parking     
Care Path   Patient Next of Kin/Partner  Relative   Visitor
 Yes Yes if transporting
Yes if transporting
Renal dialysis  Yes As above As above N/A
Critical Care/  N/A Yes     Discretionary Discretionary


Trust staff will exercise discretion to apply the eligibility criteria in other situations where the duration and/or frequency of visits lead to significant charges e.g.

  • a patient may have a number of outpatient appointments over an extended period
  • a patient may benefit from lengthy or frequent visits from relatives or friends to help with adjustment to a new environment
  • a patient outside the prescribed treatment categories who has to make lengthy and/or frequent visits for treatment
  • Relatives spending a great deal of time sitting with a very sick or dying relative
  • Parents or Guardians staying with their sick child or baby 
  • Husbands or partners being with their wife or partner while she is in labour.

The Hospital Travel Costs Scheme

The Hospital Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) was set up in 1988 as part of the NHS Low Income Scheme, to provide financial assistance to those patients who do not have a medical need for ambulance transport, but who require assistance with their travel costs.

Under HTCS, patients on low incomes or specific qualifying benefits or allowances are reimbursed in part or in full for fares incurred in travelling to traditionally hospital-based NHS services under the care of a consultant, if their journey meets certain criteria.

Read more about the Hospital Travel Cost Scheme

ECar Charge Points

The Trust has joined with other public bodies to widen the electric car charge network in Northern Ireland by installing electric vehicle charge points at Mater Hospital.

The eCar Charge point can be found In front of Dorrian Building.

The charge points can be accessed using the RFID card you have been supplied with by e-carni.*

Hospitals site congestion

The Belfast Trust would like apologise if you are found to be waiting in a queue to access the car parks. We fully understand that as a result of this delay 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. The Trust will endeavour to ensure that your delay is accommodated by allowing your appointment to proceed after you arrive.

In circumstances where your appointment may have to be re-arranged the Trust will organise another date as soon as possible. Where such circumstances arise the Belfast Trust will ensure that our records show that this is not recorded as a missed appointment.

The Belfast Trust would like to assure you that we are working continuously to ensure that there is sufficient car parking capacity at the Mater Hospital site.