Friday, February 9th, 2018
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.
“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.”
“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.”
Figures referenced to Cahill, S. & Pierce, M. (2013) The Prevalence of Dementia in Ireland
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.
Pictured - Stephen Crowley,CEO Charter Medical; Brian Doyle, Dementia Advocate; Jean Scanlan, ASI Dementia Adviser, Dr Emily Kearney, Charter Medical taken by Paul Sherwood