Full Health Screening with Charter Medical - My experience
"Ah it'll be grand.." - My outlook on everything.
However, more recently, I've become a little bit worried about the fact I haven't been to a doctor in so long that I don't actually have 'a GP'. You know those forms you have to fill in and give your GPs name? I give the name of a guy that I'm not even sure is still alive!
ANYWAY, when Charter Medical asked me to collaborate with them to highlight the Women's Executive Health Screening, I thought it was a perfect fit and couldn't have come at a better time.
For those that don't know me, my extended family has been through a lot. I'm so lucky to still have my four grandparents alive and kicking but with two of my aunties dying of breast cancer, this is something on the back of my mind. Due to my recent breast augmentation, I am unable to check my breasts for lumps as easily because of the implants.
My dad almost died of a brain haemorrhage three years ago and it really does put into perspective that your health is your wealth. While you cannot pre-empt everything, it certainly helps your peace of mind to get a full check-up on how you are now.
I arrived into Charter Medical at 8.30 on the Friday morning. I had fasted from everything except water for 12 hours. As soon as I registered with reception I was asked to give a urine sample and then I met the nurse.
The nurse was so lovely! She was confirming with me that I had fasted for 12 hours and I was saying it was no problem except I was struggling with no coffee. She asked another nurse to go get me a coffee so that as soon as my bloods were done it was sitting waiting for me! I have no problem with needles at all so I can hardly remember it happening. The nurse also took my height and weight and hooked me up to an ECG monitor to measure my heart activity.
Then I went back to the waiting room with my coffee. Another nurse took me in for a lung test. I was worried about this part as I had a chest infection but I was able to do the test no problem. I just had to take big deep breaths and blow into an apparatus.
No Stone Unturned
Next up was the doctor. She was a very helpful female doctor who immediately put me at ease. We actually had lengthy discussions on health and nutrition for females and I felt like she could have sat with me all day. I discussed my concerns and she said I have nothing to worry about. She told me that women over 50 years of age are entitled to a free mamogram. If there is a direct family member with breast cancer I think you are entitled to one from 40 years of age. If I want to get one before that I can get it done privately but she didn't think I needed to.
She checked my whole body, from my eyesight to my ears, from my heart to my lungs and she even said I was one of the best smear test patients she ever had. I had to share that compliment!!
Due to the fact I felt I had a chest infection, she sent me down for a chest X-Ray and I also had an optional Dexa scan (this checks for bone density).
Then I was sent on my way with a voucher for breakfast in the cafe across the road - much appreciated having fasted for almost 15 hours!
Yesterday I received a full booklet in the post which gave a summary of all the results and any recommendations they could make based on the most up to date internationally accepted clinical guidelines.
Luckily, I seem to be in the 'Normal' range for all the categories tested. This is everything from fertility levels, to Vitamin D, to Iron Profile. I was actually quite surprised that I wasn't low on anything! I put that down to my balanced diet and regular training.
I am quite relieved as I am very inconsistent with taking any types of vitamins and supplements but my diet obviously has me covered!
I was quite surprised to hear that at the moment twice as many men come for health screens as women which is something we are looking to tackle. Charter Medical are offering both the Men and Women Executive Health Screen. It is normally €495 but you can get it for €350 if you mention 'Siobhan OH Fitness' when you are booking. Check out my Instagram to have a chance at winning a free Womens Executive Health Screening!
For more information see the breakdown of what is included below and check out my YouTube video below where I speak more about it.
Thanks for reading!
Womens Executive Health Screening from CharterMedical.ie
- 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)