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National Isolation Unit

On the 19th December 2008 tthe National Isolation Unit (NIU) at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) was formally opened by the then Minister of Health Mary Harney.

This state-of-the-art facility is responsible for caring for patients referred from throughout Ireland, who have both hazardous and highly infectious diseases such as

  • Tuberculosis
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Fever
  • SARS, Avian (Bird)
  • Pandemic Influenza

The unit also provides essential care of infectious disease stemming from bioterrorism.

In addition the unit also looks after a large number of patients with other infections such as 

  • HIV,
  • hepatitis B & C
  • meningitis
  • MRSA
  • malaria

The Unit, located on St Bernard’s Ward has 12 beds, and is configured as follows

  • two high specification negative pressure isolation rooms
  • four standard negative pressure rooms
  • six shared rooms

The Team

The Infectious Diseases multidisciplinary team comprises:

  • 4 Consultants
  • 9 Non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs)
  • 18 Nurses
  • 2 Pharmacists
  • 2 Social workers
  • 4 Administrative staff

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