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DS9's infirmary 1
The infirmary on Deep Space 9
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The infirmary on Deep Space 9

An infirmary is a medical facility aboard a starbase, quite equal to that of a starship's sickbay.

The infirmary was the primary medical facility aboard Deep Space 9. Located on the station's Promenade, in the central core, the infirmary was run by the station's chief medical officer, Julian Bashir, with a support staff of Starfleet and Bajoran medics.

During the Cardassian Withdrawal in 2369, the infirmary was heavily damaged and looted of most supplies. (DS9: "Emissary") Due to its relatively low security, it on occasion was the target of thieves and looters, including the Lethean, Altovar, who attempted to steal the infirmary's supply of bio-mimetic gel. (DS9: "Distant Voices")

After she was injured by the Pah-wraith which possessed Gul Dukat, Jadzia Dax was rushed to the infirmary. Bashir was unable to save Jadzia, but was able to save the Dax symbiont. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")

Toward the end of the Dominion War, Bashir spent many hours in the infirmary, desperately trying to find a cure for the morphogenic virus that was killing Odo and his people. (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind")

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DS9 infirmary during construction
The infirmary during the construction

Shots of production designer Herman Zimmerman discussing the creation of the infirmary aboard Deep Space 9 can be seen in the DS9 Season 1 DVD special feature "Deep Space Nine: A Bold Beginning" / "Designing Deep Space Nine".

Regarding the holoprojection system installed in "Doctor Bashir, I Presume", Ronald D. Moore commented: "The unit was installed by O'Brien specifically for Dr. Zimmerman's work and was presumably removed when he left the station. [...] I will rule out having an EMH on the station." (AOL chat, 1997)

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