Mater Smithfield is a new Rapid Injury Clinic that has just opened in Smithfield, Dublin for the general public. This dedicated injury clinic will act as a satellite service to the Mater Emergency Department. This service will be supported by the HSE for an initial 6 month period and will be extended according to public demand. The clinic will provide a hospital level service in the community, catering for a wide range of minor injuries and illnesses. The new clinic has the capacity to significantly reduce patient waiting times as it will be able to manage at least 30% of the hospital’s main Emergency Department cases.
The Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic offers treatment to patients 16 years and older who have sustained minor injury. Patients can access the service directly or by referral from their GP.
Speaking on the clinic’s first day of operation, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Dr Eamonn Brazil, said: “This clinic will provide hospital level services in the community, concentrating on minor injuries in the first phase. We aim to extend the scope of service in phase 2 to include selected non-trauma cases in collaboration with local GPs.”
Ms. Phil O’Neill, Deputy Chief Executive of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, added: “For people with minor injuries, visiting the Mater’s main Emergency Department can often mean a long wait. The waiting time is governed by the priority given to patients with more serious conditions which have increased by 134% over the past 5 years. Our satellite clinic at Smithfield will allow us to deliver quality care to patients with less severe injury. Ultimately this will allow the main Emergency Department at the Mater to concentrate on managing serious illness and major trauma”.
Personnel & Equipment
The Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic is staffed by a team of specialist emergency nurse practitioners and doctors and led by the Mater Consultants in Emergency Medicine. On site x-ray and blood tests are available.
Opening Hours & Costs
The clinic will open Monday to Friday, 08.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs. Services at the Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic will be free of charge for patients with full medical cards and all patients referred by their GP and present with a valid referral letter. A €100 charge will apply for non-medical card holders. This total charge covers all aspects of patient management (x-ray, blood tests, procedures). A €200 charge will apply to short-term non-EU visitors.
Conditions Treated at Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic
The Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic will provide assessment and treatment of minor injuries with onsite access to x-rays. Typical conditions that will be treated are:
* Injuries to upper and lower limbs
* Broken bones, ligament sprains/muscle and tendon tears
* Sports injuries
* Wounds, bites (animal or insect), burns or scalds
* Skin Infections
* Joint swelling
* Minor head injuries
Specific patient categories and conditions that will not be treated at the Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic’s remit include:
* Children under 16 years of age
* Pregnancy related conditions
* Psychiatric conditions
* Extremely ill patients who have collapsed or require hospital admission
* Cardiac conditions
* Acute medical or trauma cases (including road traffic accidents)
* Any person with an altered level of consciousness