– Acquisition is second in Northern Ireland in just seven months
– Announcement further demonstrates Affidea’s commitment to become one of
the leading healthcare providers on the island of Ireland
Affidea Group, the largest European provider of diagnostic imaging, outpatient and cancer care
services, has today announced the acquisition of Hillsborough Private Clinic in Northern Ireland, a
reputable healthcare provider that offers a range of outpatient services and advanced surgical
The addition of Hillsborough Private Clinic to the Affidea portfolio adds another established facility
with an excellent reputation to Affidea’s growing capacity for diagnostics and treatment in Northern
Established in 2002 and located just outside Belfast, Hillsborough Private Clinic performs
approximately 4,000 surgical procedures and deals with 11,000 outpatient attendances per annum.
The facility has five outpatient rooms, supported by a dedicated theatre and laser suite. Strategically
located on the Dublin – Belfast motorway, Hillsborough Private Clinic caters for patients travelling
across Northern Ireland and also patients from the Republic of Ireland who can avail of the Northern
Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme.
Day-case surgical procedures at Hillsborough Private Clinic include cataract and eye surgery,
endoscopic surgery including oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy,
cystoscopy and hysteroscopy, podiatric surgery and general surgical procedures such as varicose
vein surgery, weight loss, carpal tunnels and plastic procedures. A wide range of specialties are also
offered including Cardiology, Dermatology, ENT, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nutrition,
Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Plastic surgery, Rheumatology and Urology. (*See a full list further below)
This is Affidea’s second acquisition in Northern Ireland in the past seven months and the third
business it now operates in the Northern Irish market. The move further demonstrates the
commitment of the business to invest significantly in the island of Ireland to facilitate improved and
rapid access to quality patient centric healthcare catering to both the public and private markets.
In March 2021, Affidea acquired Orthoderm, a leading provider of clinical and medical services across
a wide range of medical and surgical specialties including Dermatology, Plastic Surgery and
Orthopaedics as well as pain management and GP services. Orthoderm is also located in
Hillsborough. Affidea has been present in Northern Ireland since 2015 when it acquired Northern MRI,
a leading provider of diagnostic imaging also located in Belfast.
Barry Downes, CEO of Affidea Ireland, said: “We are really excited to announce this acquisition of
Hillsborough Private Clinic. Jim, Gary and the entire team have built a phenomenal patient focused
business that enjoys a market leading position and an enviable reputation for clinical excellence. The
addition of the clinic to our portfolio will really accelerate the development and growth of our outpatient
services in Northern Ireland. We look forward to utilising our national network of clinics to expand our
range of services that are accessible to both private and public patients located across Ireland.”
The medical directors of Hillsborough Private Clinic Gary McKee and Jim Sharkey are very pleased
to be joining the Affidea Group: “We welcome the incorporation of HPC into the Affidea Group, a very
well run and progressive presence in healthcare in Ireland. Affidea share our vision for the further
development of healthcare in Northern Ireland and we look forward to working closely with the Ireland
Advisors to Affidea on this acquisition were Flynn O’Driscoll and KPMG while advisors to Hillsborough
Private Clinic were Beltrae Partners and A&L Goodbody.