Winners of

HSE 2018 Health Service Excellence Award

Category: Supporting a 

Healthy Community

Winners of 2019

GP Buddy.ie Awards

GPs wishing to send people to Safetynet Community Assessment Hub at Mater Hospital

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4th June 2020

The MSF scientist helping ‘break the chain’ of COVID-19 among Ireland’s most vulnerable





8th May 2020

The Mater Hospital, HSE and Safetynet open a Covid-19 Community Assessment Hub aimed at caring for those experiencing homelessness and others unable to access treatment

Minister for Health opens new Hub at the Mater which will care and treat the most marginalised in the inner city

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, HSE and medical charity Safetynet are today launching a Covid Community Assessment Hub which will specifically care for vulnerable groups in the inner city.  The Minister for Health Simon Harris TD performed the official opening this morning (Friday 8th May).  

This Covid Hub will include an assessment unit at the Mater Hospital and a mobile assessment unit working across the inner city to serve the needs of people living in poverty and those living in congregated settings.



22 April 2020

Covid-19 affecting people living in extreme poverty

Frontline workers operating on the margins of Irish society are reporting a "very high proportion" of positive Covid-19 cases among people living in extreme poverty.

The medical charity Safetynet has said the impact of coronavirus in the Roma community is of particular concern, with many Roma living in overcrowded settings, where following social distancing and self-isolation guidelines is impossible.


6 April 2020

Safetynet COVID-19 response – Update

Safetynet have reconfigured our services in response to COVID-19 to identify, triage test and treat homeless and vulnerable people. Our reconfigured service means those with symptoms can be tested quicker and appropriately supported subsequently.



13 March 2020

Homeless support groups making contingency plans for the spread of Covid-19

10 February 2020

ARTICLE: "Bringing vital epilepsy care directly to homeless people in the community"

Minister Simon Harris TD taking a look at the Safetynet converted ambulance that travels to communities across the inner city when required, to link patients in with the static Safetynet community assessment hub. Photographer: Julien Behal


Safetynet Primary Care is a medical charity that delivers quality care to those marginalized in society without access to healthcare, including homeless people, drug users and migrants. We also facilitate a network of health services working with homeless people care to ensure a coordinated approach and promote best practice. 


Everyone has equal access to health care

To deliver the highest possible standard of healthcare to marginalized and vulnerable groups while providing professional support to those working with these groups.

  • Quality: Everyone who accesses our services should expect to be given the highest possible care we can give.
  • Transparency: All our employees, partners, sponsors and service users should always expect us to be honest and open with them.

  • Self-Efficacy: Encourage all who use our services to take care of their health.

  • Inclusion: We ensure that we serve all those that are considered hard to reach.

  • Flexible: Make services fit the person rather than the other way round

We believe that everyone has a right to health care regardless of means, circumstance, race or creed. We try to think outside the box to implement services that adapt to the patient rather than expecting the patient to fit with the system. We do not judge people or blame them for their health condition. We see homelessness as an unhealthy state and do what we can to assist moving out of it. We respect the choices of our patients and work tirelessly to assist them in achieving health and happiness.
Catherine Mc Auley Centre,    

21 Nelson Street,

Dublin 7

Contact Numbers:

Administration & Finance        087-1523589

Mobile Health & Screening     087-3559722 

Homeless PC Team Inreach     087-1762246

Homeless PC Team Outreach  087-6520225

Homeless PC Team Support    087-2220402


Board of Directors

Kevin Kenny, Dr. Brian Melaugh,

Dr. Cliona Ní Cheallaigh, Síle Kelly,

Frank Mills, Dr. Philip Wiehe,

Frances O’Keefe, David Cagne

Safetynet is a registered charity

(No. CHY19388)

Company Ltd by guarantee Registered No. 471026

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