The Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) Rotunda Hospital 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 a sexual crime.
The Rotunda Hospital Dublin
Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU)
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.
Sexual Assault Treatment Unit
There are now six specialist units (SATU’s) distributed nationally to provide holistic, responsive and patient focused care to women and men over the age of 14 years who have experienced a sexual crime. The aim is that nobody in this country is more than 3 hours drive from their nearest SATU.
Tel. : 01-817 1736 (9.00am – 4.30pm, Monday – Friday)
or 01-817 1700 (outside hours above)
Location and Facilities
SATU is located at the Rotunda Hospital in the Early Pregnancy Unit (EPU) building in the back car park.
This is a self contained unit with a private waiting room, office, forensic examination room, bathroom and kitchen. It is a separate private facility accessed only by SATU staff. There is no signage around the main hospital to ensure privacy and confidentiality. Please see below for a map giving directions to SATU.
Information for Patients
SATU offers three options of care, however at all times the patient’s medical need takes priority. It is also important to remember that early reporting of sexual crime to An Garda Siochana is encouraged.
Reporting a Sexual Assault to An Garda Siochána
Patients are advised to report sexual crime to An Garda Siochana as soon as possible after the event.
An Garda Siochana will then contact SATU to arrange an appointment for a forensic clinical examination.
Patients are advised not to shower, bathe, use the toilet, smoke, eat or drink prior to the appointment.
Information for Heathcare Professionals
If patients disclose a sexual assault to you please offer them the options of care as described above.
Please feel free to telephone SATU at any stage for advice or further information.
Call SATU on 01 817 1736
Sexual Assault Treatment Unit Survey
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