Affidea continues ambitious expansion plan with new ExpressCare ‘Walk-In’ Clinic to treat minor injuries & illnesses

  • €2 million invested in new Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght which has a consultant-led medical team and is designed to significantly relieve the burden on busy Dublin hospital A&E departments
  • It is the second Affidea ExpressCare Clinic to open this year – the other clinic is in Cork – and is part of a more than €20 million investment by Affidea in the Irish healthcare sector over past three years
  • Investment is part of Affidea’s wider European and global expansion plans in the outpatient sector, adding nearly 80 new centres to its network in the last 12 months

Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent provider of diagnostic imaging and outpatient services, has invested €2 million in the opening of a new ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght in Dublin for minor injuries and minor illnesses.

This investment into the new outpatient clinic is part of an overall €20 million investment in the Irish healthcare sector over the last three years. Affidea Ireland has created over 130 new jobs in this time, with ExpressCare in Tallaght involving the creation of 10 new positions, with more to come as activity at the facility increases. Located alongside Affidea’s existing state-of-the-art diagnostic centre, this now brings to 30 the number of highly skilled employees based there.

This is the second Affidea ExpressCare Clinic to open in Ireland this year, with the other clinic operating in Cork.

Welcoming the unveiling of the new clinic, Country Manager Barry Downes said; “Instead of attending a busy and stressful A&E environment in a hospital, people can now attend our ExpressCare clinics to have their minor injury or illness treated, quickly, professionally and to the highest of standards in an outpatient comfortable environment. This significantly benefits the Irish healthcare sector by relieving the burden placed on hospitals by large numbers presenting unnecessarily in A&E departments across the country.”

“Our initial ExpressCare Clinic in Cork has been a huge success, and we’re delighted to now be in a position to offer this excellent service to anyone living in Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow and Louth. As we also offer a full suite of Affidea diagnostic medical imaging in our ExpressCare Clinics, this also frees up capacity for those in need of care in our hospitals.”

Promising fast turnaround times, ExpressCare is open from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year. The consultant-led medical team cares for minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures and sprains, lacerations requiring stitches, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries, insect and animal bites, infections and rashes. Children over the age of one can also attend the facility, so that parents don’t have to attend a busy hospital emergency department with an injured child.

Affidea ExpressCare provides services to all patients who attend on a fee for service basis, and it’s a covered benefit for health insurance providers Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health. 

About Affidea in Ireland:

Affidea Ireland is part of the pan-European group, Affidea, that has 246 advanced diagnostic imaging, outpatient and cancer care centres in 16 countries. Treating over 6.5 million patients per year and employing over 7,600 people, of which 2,500 are medical doctors, the company has operated in Ireland since 2007 and employs 311 employees here.

In addition to the two Affidea ExpressCare Clinics in Dublin and Cork, the company also operates ten state-of-the-art diagnostic centres and two managed hospital services that provide MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-Ray and DEXA scan facilities across a national footprint*. This gives patients unrivalled access to diagnostic imaging which has previously been an issue in Irish healthcare.

The 10 Affidea diagnostic centres are located in Dublin – Dundrum, Northwood, Meath Primary Care and a new flagship clinic in Tallaght – Waterford, Kilkenny, Naas, Letterkenny, Northern MRI in Belfast and Cork city, with ultrasound services in Mallow Primary Care Centre. The company also works in partnership with hospitals to provide MRI services in Sligo General Hospital and the Ulster Independent Clinic in Belfast.

Affidea invests heavily in its medical capabilities and now operates the youngest and most modern fleet of MRI facilities within the Dublin region, with an average age of less than two years enabling it to provide high end diagnostic imaging in modern, comfortable settings. Affidea treated 170,000 patients at its centres across Ireland in 2017 and expects to exceed this figure in 2018.

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