Minister Harris Officially Opens New Affidea Medical Scanning Centre in Letterkenny

“Colossal improvement in terms of diagnostics”

Dublin, 22nd July 2016:   Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent diagnostic imaging provider, formerly known as Euromedic, opened a new medical scanning facility in Letterkenny yesterday evening to serve the people of Donegal and surrounding areas. Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris TD attended the unveiling at Affidea’s state-of-the-art clinic.

Patients who want to arrange a private scan in the Republic of Ireland currently face a two hour drive to Sligo. The company is investing €2m in opening the Letterkenny clinic, as part of an overall €15m investment in the Irish healthcare sector.

Ten new jobs have been created as a result, with all positions held by local employees, many of which have returned home to fulfil the positions from outside Ireland including London, Scotland and Australia.

The multi-modality scanning centre is located on Scally Place off Pearse Road in Letterkenny. It will serve as a primary care diagnostic scanning facility, offering MRI, Ultrasound and X-ray. Affidea Letterkenny is equipped with state of the art technology including the High Specification Philips Ingenia Wide Bore MRI Scanner, providing the highest quality scans and a much improved patient experience, particularly for patients who experience claustrophobia or those who find it difficult to tolerate the noise of older scanners.

Affidea clinics are accredited with the internationally recognised standard in ambulatory care from the Joint Commission International (JCI) and will operate the new clinic in Letterkenny to the same exacting standards while undergoing the accreditation process.

Speaking at the event, Minister for Health , Simon Harris, TD stated: “I’m very pleased to be in Letterkenny for the official launch of Affidea Letterkenny. Today is a really good news day in terms of collaboration between the Irish public health service and industry. This is a clinic that is going to improve access to diagnostic equipment to patients in Letterkenny be you a public patient, or a private patient. Whoever you are, whatever your background, you now have a greater chance of accessing in a quicker manner, diagnostic equipment and tests that can save your life. That’s something I’m very happy to be here in Letterkenny to support.

Affidea is going to see 1,200 ultrasounds delivered through an initiative in partnership with ourselves per month, and that is a colossal improvement in terms of the access to diagnostics.

It’s particularly encouraging to speak to people here who have had an opportunity to move back to Letterkenny for employment. Some from Dublin where they’ve been based for years, because there is now work and job opportunities here in this clinic. Others have come from even further afield- Australia and Canada.”

Keith McElchar, Clinical Specialist Sonographer, who returned from Australia to take a position at the clinic, said: “Having lived in Australia for the past five years I was planning to move home. However, it is difficult to find a position in my field in Donegal. I’m delighted to have secured employment as Clinical Specialist Sonographer of Affidea Letterkenny, just twenty minutes from my family home.”

Affidea has recently rebranded from Euromedic, to ensure a uniform identity across Europe, and to aid European growth and support the organisations aggressive global expansion plans. Affidea entered the Irish market in March 2007 through the acquisition of MRI Ireland. Over the past eight years, six further locations have been added to the network in Ireland with more centres expected nationwide over the coming months.

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.
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.
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.