Affidea Letterkenny celebrates its first year benefitting hundreds of patients in Donegal

Quick access and affordable MRI, Ultrasound and X-ray scans have never been as convenient for the people of the North West, thanks to Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent diagnostic imaging provider.
Formerly known as Euromedic, Affidea opened its new medical scanning facility in Letterkenny last July, investing €2m as part of an overall €15m investment in the Irish healthcare sector. Previously, patients in Donegal and the surrounding areas faced a two-hour drive to Sligo to have a private scan. Ten new jobs were created, with all positions held by local employees; many of whom returned home from Dublin and further afield including Scotland and Australia, to fulfil the positions.
Located at Scally Place off Pearse Road, 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.

Referrer Relationship Executive James Pat McDaid said; “Patients are using our services to their advantage to get diagnosed quickly, resulting in a huge difference to the outcome of their particular illness or injury. It is very simple to get a referral from your GP, physio or other health professional, and you can be seen within two days and have your results within 24 – 48 hours. The likes of this has never been seen in the North West and has been widely welcomed by many health professionals and patients.”

He continued; “I’ve personally spoken to many patients over the past year who just can’t believe how efficient the service is and how easy it is to access. The staff in the centre are so well organised and patients have minimal waiting times; often in and out of the clinic in thirty minutes, which is vital for people with busy schedules. Feedback from patients include comments like, “I was really impressed, despite my initial fears of claustrophobia. The front of house skills and the ladies on the MRI machine were wonderful, and I would highly recommend the experience.”

CEO Tom Finn added; “We are delighted to provide this vital service as a landmark in primary healthcare evolution for Donegal and the North West. Our clinic ensures patients receive the timely attention they need in a primary care environment, rather than hospital based setting; providing greater accessibility to medical scans, quickly, professionally and to the highest standards. I love visiting the clinic in Letterkenny as the people up there are so friendly and helpful, and it’s really no wonder Donegal was voted the coolest place on Earth last year! Congratulations to the local team on their one-year anniversary and we’re excited about the future.”

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.