Presentation by Debbie Marshall, Forensic Nurse Specialist, A.N.P. Sexual Assault/ Sexual Health at Nurses Meeting Saturday June 10th 2017

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What is a Sexual Assault Treatment Unit?

There are six Sexual Assault Treatment Units (SATUs) in Ireland. They provide specialist care for women and men aged fourteen years and over who have recently been sexually assaulted or raped. 

The specialist team of SATU staff provide easily accessible, holistic services which address the medical, psychological and emotional needs and appropriate follow up care for victims of sexual crime, in a supportive, sensitive manner. This includes provision of treatment such as emergency contraception and medication to reduce the possibility of developing sexually transmitted infection. The SATU services respond to requests from the Gardaí for the collection of forensic evidence to aid the legal process and also provide services for people who do not wish to report the incident to the Gardaí. There is no charge for any of the SATU services or follow up appointments. SATU services can be contacted at any time via An Garda Síochána, or by contacting the individual SATU. If a person wishes to report an incident to An Garda Síochána, this should be done as quickly as possible and delays should be avoided.

Debbie Marshall will join us from the Mullingar Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) where a service is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Located in Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar.
Tullamore Rape Crisis Centre psychological support workers are available to all attending patients. Debbie will update our nurses on referral pathways, the work of a forensic nurse, what happens during a forensic examination and more.

More details available : www.isha.ie/go/events_diary/nurses-association-of-student-health-meeting