History

The first Hepatitis C nurse was appointed in February 1994. This was initially to aid in the screening programme which was put in place following the discovery that Anti-D immunoglobulin manufactured by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board was infected with hepatitis C.

SVUH was designated by The Department of Health and Children to be one of the initial seven hospitals to provide care for individuals who contracted Hepatitis C the administration of blood and blood products in the Republic of Ireland.

A second nurse was appointed in 1997/1998 to assist in caring for the patients and research projects.

Since 1994 the service has expanded and we have seen approximately 1,000 people in our clinics regardless of how they contracted Hepatitis C.