Professional visits

As already traditional during the ICN Conferences, participants will have the unique opportunity to visit a local hospital and learn about nursing practice and health care in Malta.

The MUNM (Maltese Union of Midwives and Nurses) has made arrangements to enable you to visit one of the below described Hospital.

All visits will happen simultaneously on Sunday 8th May 2011 at 09:00. All buses will depart/return from/to the Hilton Malta.

The cost for any of the professional visits is EUR 17.-.

Professional visits can be booked online by using the conference registration system.

List of Hospitals


Mater Dei Hospital is a state of the art hospital public hospital situated at Tal-Qroqq, Malta. It opened its doors to the public for the first time on 29th June 2007. The 250,000 sqm complex includes 825 beds and 25 operating theatres. It was designed and built by the Swedish construction firm Skanska Malta JV. The project was originally planned to cost around 116m EUR but this has so far risen to more than 582mEUR.

Mater Dei Hospital is an acute general hospital offering a full range of hospital services. It also provides an extensive range of specialist services. The Hospital has set out to create a centre of excellence in the provision of effective and efficient acute patient centred quality care. It is also pursuing high levels of patient and staff satisfaction and enhanced teaching, research and innovation.

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 and a CPR button which is directly linked by a pager to the cardio-pulmonary resuscitation team.


Mount Carmel Hospital is the only acute psychiatric hospital in Malta. It promotes mental health within the Maltese society by:

  • assisting persons with mental health problems who require specialist treatment and care as well as support for their social network
  • providing, through specialist multidisciplinary teams, a comprehensive and integrated range of community and hospital mental health services.

Mount Carmel Hospital is responsible for the coordination of all mental health professional services offered in Malta and Gozo. The following services are offered by the hospital:

  • inpatient care ( acute, rehabilitation and long stay, old age and medical, children and adolescents, learning disabilities, forensic and prison ward.
  • electric convulsive therapy
  • paraclinical services comprising clinical psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, social work and physiotherapy.


The Primary Health Care Department ensures that all citizens have access to comprehensive primary health care services, offering a seamless continuity of care on a personalised basis, serving the services users attain the best state of health with special emphasis on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention rather than cure.

The Health Centres are the hub of the primary health care services provided by the Government. Besides the general practitioner and nursing services, various specialised health services are provided. These include immunisation, speech therapy, antenatal and postnatal clinics, Well Baby Clinics, Diabetes Clinics and Paediatric Clinics. At present, there are eight Health Centres.

Besides the Health Centres, General Practitioners hold clinics regularly at each of the Government District Dispensaries. A nurse is also in attendance. This service provides basic medical and nursing services as well as a postal system for the distribution of routine monthly medical prescriptions.

Another important service carried out at the Primary Health Care is the School Health Services. This service presently provides a child health monitoring and preventive care service in State and Church Primary Schools with an emphasis on early detection of developmental growth, sensory and learning problems as well as physical disorders. The School Health Teams made up of doctors and nurses also provides the basis of delivery of a comprehensive immunisation programme for all school children in State, Church and Independent Schools. The School Health Service strives for continuity of care for all school children and supports a multidisciplinary team approach to child health care.


St. Vincent de Paul Residence (SVPR) situated in Luqa is an important part of the framework of geriatric services in Malta. It provides care and services to approximately 1050 residents out of which about one third of the residents are males while the remaining two thirds are females. This residence aims to provide care while safeguarding and promoting the welfare of older adults. The duties of this service are focused on medical and nursing care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, dental and ophthalmic care, podology, speech therapy and social care.

Over the years, refurbishment and building of new wards were carried out so as to provide a better environment to meet the residents’ needs. These wards are equipped with rooms which provide privacy as well as adjacent shower and toilets. Staff promote maintaining the level of independency of the elderly. A round the clock service to the residents is provided by qualified staff and other carers.

In all there are 33 wards which include general wards, psychogeriatric wards, Dementia Ward and two mixed wards. There is also the Activity Centre which caters for people with dementia both from the community and from SVPR by providing divisional activities such as outings, games, physical activities, cooking and gardening.

Cancelation and modification Policies

Cancellations and changes to the original booking must be made in writing to the MCI Suisse S.A reservation department until Wednesday 2nd March, 2011, midnight CET.

No fees will be refunded after Wednesday 2nd March, 2011, midnight CET.

The organisers reserve the right to cancel or modify professional visits if the minimum participation is not reached or due to factors beyond the control of the organisers.