National Isolation Unit at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

The National Isolation Unit (NIU), for adult patients, is located at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin (St. Bernard’s Ward) and is the national referral centre for high risk suspected and confirmed cases of VHF.

Officially opened in December 2008, the self-contained unit has 12 beds including six lobbied, en-suite single rooms with negative pressure ventilation. Two of the isolation rooms are of high specification and are separate from the rest of the unit with different air-handling systems. It is designed to admit, isolate and treat patients suspected or diagnosed with highly infectious diseases that are referred from all over Ireland who have both hazardous and highly infectious diseases. The Unit will also provide essential care of infectious diseases stemming from any bioterrorism.

Last updated: 26 February 2015

Last reviewed: 03 December 2022