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The Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) was established in 1985, and was the first dedicated unit of its kind in Europe. It has gained international recognition as a centre of excellence, based on the extensive expertise that the unit holds in the medical and forensic treatment of those who have been subject to sexual crime and also in recognition of the training programmes, both basic and advanced, that are facilitated by the unit.
In 2005, the difficulties in providing a high quality service for victims of sexual assault were appreciated by then Health Minister, Mary Harney TD. A National Steering Committee on Violence Against Women was set up and a review of sexual assault treatment services was funded. This was undertaken jointly with the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. The review was published in 2006, and in early 2007 a presentation of the recommendations was made to the Minster of Health by staff of SATU. Following this, implementation of the recommendations commenced.
SATU is located at the Rotunda Hospital, and the new examination suite is in the hospital's Colposcopy Unit. There are separate private areas for interviews with the patient, physical and forensic examination as well as bathroom and shower facilities.
Patricia O'Connor is Clinical Midwife Manager for the unit. Aideen Walsh, Catherine Hallahan and Deirdra Richardson are the Clinical Nurse/Midwife Specialists. Rita O’Connor has the administrative responsibilities. Dr Maeve Eogan is clinical director of the Rotunda SATU and the national SATU services. Other medical and midwifery/nursing staff also assist with the out-of-hours service.
Tel. : 01-817 1736
(9.00am - 4.30pm, Monday - Friday)
To make contact outside of these hours, please telephone the Rotunda Hospital at 01-817 1700.
The SATU at The Rotunda Hospital offers services for men and women over the age of 14 years. Children aged less than 14 years are generally seen in the emergency departments of the childrens' hospitals.