A Northern Ireland medical goods firm has promised to "revolutionise healthcare" by branching out directly to the public.
The first Randox health checks centre in the UK and Ireland opened in Crumlin, Co Antrim, this week and allows people to walk in and be checked, via blood or urine samples, for a range of conditions.
Health Minister Michael McGimpsey launched the new centre alongside Randox Laboratories founder and managing director Dr Peter Fitzgerald, who said the service could save lives and assist the NHS.
"We see the centre as operating very much as complementary to the National Health Service, potentially generating significant savings and faster response at the point of need," he said.
The initial phase of Randox Health Checks development required an investment of £1m, with an investment of around £8m a year.
Over 100 tests are available from a cost of £50, including WellWoman and WellMan checks, a heart health check, sports health check, and pre-pregnancy check.
Randox employs 780 at its Crumlin manufacturing plant.