Affidea Grows in Ireland & Opens New ExpressCare Clinic in Cork

Clinic opened by An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney, TD

Affidea, Europe’s leading diagnostic imaging provider, is investing in Ireland and today officially opened its first ExpressCare clinic in Ireland in the Elysian building in Cork City, to serve the people of Cork and surrounding areas. An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney, TD, attended the opening of Affidea’s new state-of-the-art clinic.

Affidea’s new ExpressCare clinic in Cork will provide high quality treatment for patients with minor injuries and illnesses; offering an alternative to a traditional, highly pressurised hospital setting. The ExpressCare facility provides access to outstanding healthcare, without an appointment, from 10am to 10pm, 365 days per year. Affidea ExpressCare is committed to providing an efficient and effective service, including seeing patients within a one-hour turnaround time.

Richard Smith, Chairman of Affidea Board, said: “The opening of ExpressCare in Ireland is another milestone in the growth of Affidea’s network. Affidea is committed to the expansion of our high-quality outpatient services, and in the last year alone has added 67 new centres to its network across Europe. Our promise is affordable and excellent care with proven medical outcomes delivered using the best digital and medical technologies. Affidea’s clinical excellence has contributed to us receiving many international awards from across the medical and academic communities and has made us a preferred provider for private health insurers. We offer an enhanced service to our patients, playing our part in creating a healthier society, and we are proud to be here today opening ExpressCare in Cork.”

An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney, TD, said:I welcome the opening of the first Affidea ExpressCare clinic in Ireland and believe this will be of significant benefit to the people of Cork; offering high quality care for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses. The opening of this new clinic will have a positive impact on the overcrowding being experienced in Emergency Departments in Cork City and I very much welcome this initiative.”

Barry Downes, Country Manager, Affidea Ireland, said: “I’m delighted that the An Tánaiste opened Affidea’s new ExpressCare clinic in Cork today. Patients can now receive attention quickly, professionally and to the highest of standards in an outpatient environment, rather than a hospital-based setting. Affidea ExpressCare also provides immediate access to our suite of diagnostic services for our patients should they require them – a unique benefit. We are very proud to deliver the highest quality medical services from our staff in a timely and stress-free manner for our patients.”

Affidea ExpressCare will operate independently, providing services to all patients who attend on a fee for service basis. Health insurance providers Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health have confirmed Affidea ExpressCare is a covered benefit.

About Affidea ExpressCare

ExpressCare is part of Affidea’s outpatient strategy, which is to provide outstanding patient alternatives for minor injuries and minor illnesses, that should not need to take place in a traditional hospital setting. Affidea ExpressCare provides patients with an alternative to busy Emergency Departments, combined with the added benefit of the full suite of Affidea diagnostic medical imaging, all within the same clinic. This will significantly benefit the health system in Cork, freeing up capacity for those most in need of hospital care.

About Affidea Group:

Affidea is the leading Pan-European provider of diagnostic imaging and outpatient care services, with 235 centres operating in 16 countries across Europe; focusing on delivering timely, thorough diagnoses and high-quality treatments by working only with state-of-the-art technology and the best medical professionals. The Affidea Group works with 7,700 professionals and operates over 1,200 diagnosis and cancer care equipment, with more than 10 million diagnostic examinations every year.

The foundation upon which Affidea has been built is trust. Both doctors and patients know that we strive to provide the best standard of care, delivered by the best professionals with the most modern technologies. Patients trust and rely on doctors. Doctors trust and rely on us.
What’s Affidea’s secret to transforming the standards of healthcare service provision? Our people. Healthcare professionals that know what they are doing and care about what they do. They make us who we are today. And who we want to be tomorrow.
We implement the highest standards and procedures to ensure safety. Affidea is committed to becoming the first European diagnostic provider to shape a new paradigm in patient safety by introducing a company wide Dose Excellence Programme ensuring the right balance between dose and image quality.
Affidea has an extensive network of international affiliations with the world’s top medical institutions to ensure that our doctors always have immediate access to the latest medical knowledge, clinical guidelines and medical procedures in all Affidea medical centres in order to ensure the highest quality diagnostics and cancer treatment.
We know that hospitality is important.  We care about how you feel and want to make each visit  to an Affidea centre as comfortable as we can.  An exceptional patient experience is ensured by delivering a personalised service in modern and comfortable service settings where you feel safe and confident that you are receiving the highest quality medical care.
Technology has done more for health today than it has ever done and will do even more in the future. Affidea is committed to operating a best in class medical equipment base and maintain it’s long standing relations with major equipment producers to ensure our patients will always have access to the latest, most innovative and effective technology.
We develop and exchange best practice. Patients deserve to know what we do, how we do it and why we do it. The continuous improvement of all Affidea care delivery processes is achieved by capitalising on the company’s extensive experience in 14 European countries and an organised effort to share best practice to improve patient safety and patient experience.