Information for Health Professionals
The unit provides facilities for the safe management of probable or confirmed cases of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (VHF) and/or other hazard category 4 infectious pathogens.
Most patients admitted to the National Isolation Unit (NIU), according to their risk assessment, will be managed in a negative pressure patient isolator with circulated HEPA filtered air.
- Viral Haemorrhagic Fever
There are 4 potential referral and transfer routes by which a patient can be admitted to the National Isolation Unit (NIU).
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- In this case please contact the switchboard (01 803 2000) who will direct your call to the Infectious Diseases consultant/registrar on call
- Patient transfer will be by dedicated ambulance service using agreed infection control policies (e.g. Category 3 ambulance transfer)
- The ambulance will be designed & equipped for the transport, advanced treatment and monitoring of such patients
- The ambulance will arrive at the Berkeley St. entrance, from where the patient is transferred to the NIU.
- The ambulance and crew will undergo decontamination according to their protocols in the designated area within the NIU
- Patients will be met by a designated ambulance and transferred to the NIU via the MMUH Berkeley St. entrance
- These transfers will be undertaken on behalf of the Department of Health by designated personnel and the MMUH staff
For any of the above scenarios, the decision to accept a patient and activate the ID Emergency Plan will only be made by the Infectious Diseases Consultant on-call (the Primary ID consultant).