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The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Partners with Charter Medical

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Dementia advisers to refer persons with dementia to Charter Medical’s rapid access clinic under new partnership agreement

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) is delighted to announce its partnership with Charter Medical for the provision of the Rapid Access Clinic for persons with dementia.

The new partnership will enable ASI’s Dementia Advisers to refer persons with dementia to the service, which is a public clinic and provides services at no cost to the person with dementia and operates five days a week, Monday to Friday.

The clinic is for those patients who require an urgent but non-critical review by a Geriatrician.

Referral criteria include but are not limited to: recurrent falls; weight loss; syncope; TIA; cognitive impairment; or reduced mobility. However, Charter Medical cannot provide appointments regarding: Fair Deal issues / Long Term Care; Emergency admissions; or surgical issues.

The clinic will initially be limited to patients from the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and Beaumont Hospital’s catchment area.

All Charter Medical staff will be receiving dementia awareness training.

The Charter Medical service, which is based in Smithfield, Dublin 7 operates in conjunction with the HSE and has proven to be highly effective in support of General Practice.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Dementia Adviser Jean Scanlon said:

“We work with people with dementia in their own communities and in their own homes, so this new service for people living in the Mater and Beaumont areas will make it very straightforward to get a timely access to clinical expertise for changes that they are experiencing.”

Charter Medical Clinical Director Dermot Power said:

“We are delighted to be involved with, and looking forward to supporting the wonderful work of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland in providing any and all necessary clinical input for people with dementia in a supportive and reassuring setting.”

About Dementia:

  • The number of people with dementia in Ireland is expected to more than double over the next 20 years, from 55,000 today to 113,000 in 2036.
  • Dementia is progressive. There is currently no cure. Dementia is not simply a health issue but a social issue that requires a community response.
  • Each year over 4,000 people develop dementia. That’s at least 11 people every day and anyone can get dementia – even people in their 30s/40s/50s.
  • The overall cost of dementia care in Ireland is just over €1.69 billion per annum; 48% of this is attributable to family care; 43% is accounted for by residential care; formal health and social care services contribute only 9% to the total cost.
  • The Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Helpline is open six days a week Monday to Friday 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–4pm on 1800 341 341.

Figures referenced to Cahill, S. & Pierce, M. (2013) The Prevalence of Dementia in Ireland

About The ASI’s Dementia Advisers:

Dementia Advisers work with people to provide information and advice throughout your journey with dementia; help connect you with dementia supports and services; help connect you with local groups and services and; help your community to be more dementia friendly.

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Pictured - Stephen Crowley,CEO Charter Medical; Brian Doyle, Dementia Advocate; Jean Scanlan, ASI Dementia Adviser, Dr Emily Kearney, Charter Medical taken by Paul Sherwood