We provide care for people with all kinds of infectious diseases. These diseases can include viral infections, sexually transmitted diseases and general infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. We also work with other teams in the hospital to take over the care of patients with difficult infections, including MRSA.
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
Our infectious diseases satellite pharmacy is a dedicated pharmacy service for specific patients of infectious diseases. It is located opposite clinic 6 and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10am to 2pm.
Our patients are contacted by letter with an appointment date. If this appointment date does not 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.
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic
The STI clinic is a confidential service that includes full screening for all STIs, and treatment is free. This a self-referral clinic, so there is no need for a GP letter. Please telephone us on 01 803 2063 to make an appointment to attend this clinic.
Referrals are accepted from GPs, from other services within the hospital, and from other medical referral centres. Referrals can be posted or faxed directly to the clinic. When the referral letter is received, it will be assessed and prioritised by the consultant. Then the appointment is booked and an appoinment letter is sent to a patient.
Information for clinicians
If an urgent appointment is required, a member of our 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.
For information on our PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) clinic here in the Mater Hospital, please see our PrEP Clinic page here