María del Carmen Ortega Urbano is from a family that has been involved with the health sector in Spain for generations. Her father was an ATS, a Spanish registered nurse, who set up a private clinic in Baena in the province of Cordoba in the 1960s. Three other family members still work in the health sector in Cordoba and her daughter is at Murcia University studying to be a pharmacist and nutritionist. Mari-Carmen herself is a highly-qualified orthopaedic technician, pharmacist and clinical analysis technician.
Together with her late husband Esteban, also an orthopaedic technician and pharmacist, Mari-Carmen established the first Orthopaedic Pharmacy in Estepona in the year 2000. Her reputation is such that she is on call at all public and private hospitals in the province of Malaga.
Since those early days the business has grown and now offers a huge range of products and services.
The core of the central medical clinic is the supply of prosthetic, orthotic and technical aids. A technical consultant is always available to advise, and the premises have their own workshops on the lower floor for manufacturing and modifying personalised items.
Over the years the business has expanded to include the rental and sale of high quality, leading brand-name mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, scooters, walking frames and special beds. For the higher value items, financing is available.
Of particular interest is the foot clinic, especially for those suffering from diabetes. Footwear insoles are made to measure on the premises. They have made a huge difference to the mobility of hundreds of people afflicted with foot disorders.
Appointments can be made at the orthopaedic pharmacy for any kind of consultancy and, for those unable to visit the central medical clinic, home visits can be arranged.
In recent years there has been an increasing interest in homoeopathy. The central medical clinic carries a range of homoeopathic products which are now available on prescription.
When asked the keys to her success, Mari-Carmen replied, ‘We have built the business around a confidential, honest and personalised service to clients. We only supply high quality, brand name products.’