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Department of Infectious Diseases: University Hospital Limerick

About Us

The Infectious Diseases (ID) clinic provides investigation and management of a wide range of infections and infection-associated conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Common infectious diseases such as:
    • Pneumonia
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Skin and soft tissue infections
    • Bone and joint infections
    • Diabetic foot infections
    • Meningitis and encephalitis
  • Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT)
  • Healthcare-associated infections such as MRSA, Clostridium Difficile infection,  vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE), carbepenem resistant enterobacteriaciae (CRE)
  • Fever of unknown origin
  • Endocarditis
  • Viral hepatitides
  • Tuberculosis and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI)
  • Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses
  • Infection management in immunocompromised patients
    • Congenital immunodeficiency
    • HIV infection
    • Treatment-induced immunodeficiency including chemotherapy and immunosuppressive agents
  • Travel Health
  • Sexually Transmitted infections (STI)

Our Team

The clinic is staffed by an Infectious Diseases Consultant, a Registrar in Infectious Diseases, an Area Medical Officer, a Clinical Nurse Manager and a number of Staff Nurses.

When you attend the clinic you will register at reception.

  • You will join a queue to be reviewed by a doctor; this will either be a Consultant in Infectious Diseases, a Registrar or an Area Medical Officer.
  • Your doctor will take your history, examine you, and discuss with you the potential diagnoses and treatments.
  • Blood tests are done within the clinic.
  • Further investigations such as X-rays and scans are usually organised as necessary within the hospital.
  • If you require a follow-up appointment this will be made before you leave the clinic. If it is ok with you a letter will be sent to your referring doctor with an update on your condition.

Outpatient Clinic Times

Our clinics are accessible by appointment only. You will need to be referred by your general practitioner or another doctor for an assessment.

The Infectious Diseases Department has clinics every day. You will be offered an appointment at a clinic that most suits your medical need.

Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic

  • Patients may self refer to the Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic. Self Referral or doctor referral is available for this clinic.
  • The clinic respects your right to Confidentiality and will send your swabs and blood tests to the laboratory using the clinic numbering system.
  • You will be asked to indicate your preferred method of contact.
  • There is no fee for this service and some treatments are available without charge. Males attending for a Sexual Health screen are requested to not pass urine for at least an hour before they are tested. We do not require you to bring a urine sample with you.

OPAT – Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy

We provide a weekly follow clinic for patients on OPAT, predominantly intravenous antibiotics in the home for selected infections.

Patients may be referred to OPAT.

Telephone support for these patients is provided by the Patient Flow Managers, the Infectious Diseases team, Community Intervention Team and the National OPAT service, according to patient need. The relevant phone numbers are given to OPAT patients at enrolment to the service.

The Patient Flow Manager on duty or the Infectious Diseases Registrar can be contacted through switchboard for all referrals to OPAT at (061) 301111.

Travel Health/Vaccination

We provide investigations, management and advice for patients who may have acquired an infectious disease abroad. Common conditions we see include malaria, typhoid, viral hepatitides, dengue, leishmaniasis, and Lyme disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should be referred to the Infectious Diseases (ID) Clinic?
    Anyone with an infection or suspected infection can be referred to the ID Clinic via their General Practitioner, another doctor, or via the emergency Department. Your referral letter will be vetted by a consultant in Infectious Disease and an appropriate appointment will be given to you. Patients requiring a Sexual Health screen may also self refer.
  • Is there a charge for attending the clinic?
    There is no charge for attending the ID clinic.
  • Do you provide a walk-in service?
    Unfortunately not. For STIs, please call (061) 482382 for an appointment. For all other infections, you will need to be referred by a doctor.
  • How long should I expect to be in the clinic?
    The ID clinic is by appointment. For your first appointment, your initial assessment and investigations may take some time. Therefore we would recommend that you allow adequate time in your schedule so you do not feel rushed in the clinic. Follow-up visits usually take less time, but due to the busy nature of the clinic appointments may occasionally run over time.
  • Where do I go to get my bloods done?
    Our nurses will be able to take your bloods within the ID clinic.
  • How long will it take to get results?
    Investigations for infectious diseases can take some time. Routine bloods and tests will usually be back within a week. Tests for more unusual infections and some procedures may take longer. We aim to have informed all patients with Sexually Transmitted Infections of their infections within 2 weeks of testing.
  • Can I get travel vaccines in the ID clinic?
    Unfortunately, we cannot currently offer travel vaccines in the ID clinic. However, if you are a patient of the clinic and require vaccinations some of these can be organised.

Contact Us

STI Links

HIV Links

  • AIDS Map www.aidsmap.com
  • Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (USA) www.cdc.gov
  • Dublin AIDS Alliance (DAA) Ltd is a voluntary organisation working to improve conditions for people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS www.dublinaidsalliance.ie
  • HIV Travel - There are many countries around the world that restrict the entry, residence and stay of foreigners who are HIV positive www.hivtravel.org/
  • The International AIDS Society is the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals www.iasociety.org
  • Patient-focused website for people living with HIV www.myhiv.org.uk/
  • NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV www.nat.org.uk
  • Open Heart House is a member-led organisation with a mission to empower and enhance the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS www.openhearthouse.ie
  • POZ is an award-winning site for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS www.poz.com
  • Terrence Higgins Trust is the leading and largest HIV and sexual health charity in the UK www.tht.org.uk

ID Links

Hepatitis Links