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Good news for the team at Charter

St Mary's rapid access clinic in Smithfield, which is run on the site of Charter Medical Group has won best Hospital's Project and Best Overall Project in the National Healthcare Awards. Presenting the awards to the Charter team was Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD.

CEO of Charter Medical Group Dave Shanahan said the award was recognition for Dr Dermot Power and all his team in the rapid access unit who demonstrated an ambulatory out-patient specialist service for older patients reduced bed stays in Hospital and saved significant sums for the HSE. By providing advanced on-site diagnostics and streamlining assessments with a multidisciplinary specialist consultant team for Public patients, referrals to secondary and tertiary centres were markedly reduced.

This model needs to be adopted in consideration of future clinical pathways for the assessment and treatment of ambulant older patients.