We provide both inpatient and outpatient care for people with all kinds infectious diseases. These diseases include viral infections, general infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases. We also take over the care of patients with difficult infections, including MRSA, from other Mater Hospital services.
The infectious diseases service is made up of four consultants, three specialist nurses and affiliated medical, social work, pharmacy and administrative staff. We provide the following services:
Inpatient general internal medicine and infectious diseases care
Inpatient infectious diseases consultation
Outpatient infectious disease care, including for HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, complex skin and soft tissue infections and bone and joint infections
Outpatient parenteral antibiotic treatment (OPAT)
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinics
The national isolation unit is part of the infectious diseases service. This state-of-the-art facility cares for patients from across Ireland, who have both hazardous and highly infectious diseases such as:
Viral haemorrhagic fever
SARS, avian (bird) flu
We also look after a large number of patients with other infections , including:
Hepatitis B and C
This is a dedicated pharmacy service for specific patients of infectious disease service. It is located opposite clinic 6 and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10am to 2pm.
Referrals are accepted from within the hospital and from GPs and other medical referral centres. Referrals can be posted or faxed directly to the clinic. When the letter is received, it will be assessed and prioritised by the consultant. Then the appointment is booked and a letter sent to patient.
Information for clinicians
If an urgent appointment is required, a member of the team can be contacted through the hospital switchboard on (01) 803 2000. The relevant secretary or the unit manager will liaise with the appropriate consultant.
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic
The STI clinic is a confidential service. The service includes full screening for all STIs and treatment is free. This a self-referral clinic, so there is no need for a GP’s letter. Remember, you must make an appointment to attend this clinic.
Patients are contacted by letter with an appointment date. If this date doesn’t suit you for any reason, please contact the clinic directly to arrange an alternative date. This will allow us to give the appointment to another patient.