Due to the unprecedented developments in our country and in light of the evolving Government preparations in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Charter Medical has temporarily closed its Women’s Health Screening Department. These unprecedented measures are being taken to protect our staff and our patients and to position Charter Medical to provide support of the prioritised needs of the overall Healthcare system over the forthcoming weeks.
We have taken this difficult decision in order to protect not only the health of our team but also our patients. We ask all patients to support us and their community during this difficult time.
Online appointment bookings:
All online booking systems have been suspended until further notice.
Here at Charter Medical we have a dedicated women’s health clinic. Our aim is to provide an easily accessible service to women to help them consult on all aspects of their health. Our team are trained to give safe, evidence-based, non-judgemental advice on a range of health topics including contraception, fertility and menopause. Please follow the links to the left of this page for a full list of our services.
Appointments can be made via our website or via phone. Please be advised that our secretaries may need to ask some personal questions to help decide which appointment type is most-suited to your needs.
HPV cervical screening is a new way of screening. It was introduced in Ireland in March 2020.A cervical screening test checks the health of your cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina. It is not a test for cancer, it is a test to help prevent cancer from developing. During the screening test, a small sample of cells is taken from your cervix by a doctor or nurse. The sample is tested for the human papilloma virus (HPV). If your sample tests positive for HPV, it will be checked for abnormal cells. Finding HPV or abnormal cells early means you can be monitored or treated so they do not turn into cervical cancer.
This test is free of charge for women who are due a test under the national screening programme. You can check your eligibility for a free smear at www.cervicalcheck.ie
We currently provide vaccination against the HPV (Human papilloma virus) with the Gardasil vaccine. The HPV vaccine protects against the HPV virus which can cause cancer and genital warts in men and women. The HPV vaccine currently used in Ireland is Gardasil 9. It can prevent against the types of HPV that cause nine out of ten cancers. The Gardasil vaccine helps protect against HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58. The vaccine also offers men protection against some anal and oral cancers.
It is currently used for women and men aged 9-26 years of age but may still be discussed with a doctor outside these age ranges. If you would like this vaccine you will be given an appointment to see the doctor to assess your suitability. If you are going ahead with vaccination, they will administer the first dose on the day. The vaccine is well tolerated, and particularly recommended to those who have had few or no sexual contacts. It is administered by injection into the muscle of the arm or buttock, given over six months. It is administered in three separate doses -0, 2 and 6 months.
How much does Gardasil cost?
1st Vaccine €275.00
2nd Vaccine €240.00
3rd Vaccine €240.00
For more information on Gardasil or Gardasil 9:
Sexual Health Services
Comprehensive sexual health screening and advice is available at the clinic through a team of dedicated nurses and doctors. Our team members are skilled at diagnosing and treating common sexual infections. Our services also include rapid HIV testing, cryotherapy and vaccinations.
Full service details can be found at:
Women’s Executive Health Screen
The Women’s Executive Health Screen has been designed especially for you and can be tailored according to your age and personal requirements and/or concerns.
Your concerns may be related to fertility issues, preparation for pregnancy or the menopause. Or you may be wondering about your risk of cancer, osteoporosis or heart disease.
This comprehensive screen can take up to 2.5 hours. It involves a consultation with our Female Doctor and includes various examinations and investigations.
Fasting for 12 hours before your appointment time is required, you can have water only. If you are on medication, please take it in the usual way.
Upon completion of your screen, our doctor will draw up a full debrief, which will be posted to you within ten working days. It will include your test results, explanations, and any follow up the doctor recommends.
The Women’s Executive Health Screen is ideal for any woman who recognises the need to take better care of her
- Female Health Screening Doctor
- Female Nurse
- Presenting Health Issues / Symptoms Review
- Medical History
- Lifestyle and Nutritional Assessment
- Relevant Family History
- Medications / Allergies History
- Contraceptive /Family Planning consultation
Comprehensive Blood Profile
- Full Blood Count
- Bone Profile
- Liver Function
- Total Lipid Profile (cholesterol and triglycerides, HDL and LDL profile)
- Fasting Blood Sugar (Diabetes)
- Thyroid Function Testing
- Kidney Function
- Vitamin B12 and Folate
- Vitamin D levels
- Iron Studies
- Menopausal / Fertility Hormone Profile, as required
Full Medical Physical Examination
- Blood Pressure
- Weigh-in to include BMI
- Abdominal Girth
- Lung Function Test
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Examination
- Thyroid Examination
- Breast examination + Self-Exam Tutorial
- Abdominal Examination
- Musculo-Skeletal Examination
- Pelvic Examination if indicated
Additional Tests & Services
- Stool Analysis for Microscopic Bloods (Colon Cancer Screening) using non-invasive test
- Urine test for Diabetes, Infection and Kidney Disease
- Cervical Smear (if indicated)
- Dexa Scan for Postmenopausal Women
- Chest X-ray (if indicated)
- CA-125 Ovarian Cancer Marker (if clinically indicated)
- Coronavirus Antibody Test (additional fee €95) (A blood sample will be taken to identify the presence of COVID-19 specific antibodies. Antibodies are blood plasma proteins that are made after a virus exposure has occurred)
- 2.5 hours
Discount is applied if you have private health insurance. Group and corporate discounts are available. Please contact us for details.