Three new clinics are opening at Charter Medical’s facility in Dublin’s Smithfield, including an emergency eye clinic, which is due to begin its business on June 1. The clinic, which will also deal with routine eye appointments, will aim to see patients within one hour. It will be open seven days per week.
Charter Medical has just opened two other new clinics in Smithfield: one dealing with feet and ankle care (on May 4), the other dealing with sexual health (on May 11). A walk-in service now offers full sexual health screens and emergency contraception seven days a week until 8pm.
The sexual health screen includes a blood screen that tests for HIV, as well as hepatitis B and C. A urine sample will be tested for chlamydia and a swab will be tested for gonorrhoea and herpes.
A full sexual health screen cost €120. The ‘morning-after pill’ is available seven days a week until 8pm. If patients go to a doctor first and are referred in writing to the clinic, the clinic will then send a letter to the doctor outlining the treatment given.
A small abnormality in foot function can have a large impact on joints higher up in the body, causing pain and discomfort to knees, hips and lower back. In some cases foot ailments can be an early signal of more serious medical problems like arthritis or diabetes.
Women have four times as many foot problems as men because they have a long history of wearing high heels and/or pointy-toed shoes.
A computerised Gait Scan is a pressure plate that is attached to a computer; the technology assists the Charter Medical clinic in analysing gait and detecting any unusual foot function which may be affecting the rest of the body.
A computerised Gait Scan scans the foot. As a person walks across the plate, sensors capture the distribution of pressure throughout the sole of the foot over time. Many of the problems associated with foot mechanics can be easily fixed with insoles.