Affidea invests €1.5M in north Dublin ExpressCare walk-in health clinic – The Irish Times


Europe’s largest medical services provider has invested €1.5 million in a north Dublin ExpressCare clinic that will be covered by insurance providers including Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health.

Affidea’s new facility at Northwood in Santry will open to the public in May to treat minor injuries and illnesses that don’t require a hospital visit.

Such injuries include fractures and sprains, lacerations requiring stitches, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries and infections or rashes.

Affidea’s investment brings to three the number of ExpressCare clinics in the Republic alongside its Tallaght clinic and its facility at the Elysian in Cork.

“Our ExpressCare clinics are designed to benefit the Irish healthcare sector by relieving the burden placed on Irish hospitals by large numbers presenting unnecessarily in hospital A&E departments across the country,” said Barry Downes, chief executive of Affidea Ireland.

Alongside its ExpressCare brand, Affidea operates 10 diagnostic centres and two managed hospital services that provide MRI, CT and X-Ray scan facilities. The average age of the company’s MRI equipment is less than three years.

Having entered the Irish market in 2007, Affidea serviced 200,000 people in the Republic last year. The company is part of the European Affidea group which has 246 diagnostic imaging, outpatient and cancer-care centres in 16 countries.


The opening will be a boost for Irish Life Health and Laya Healthcare members in north Dublin given VHI’s decision in 2017 to restrict its SwiftCare clinics to its own members. While VHI members can access Affidea’s clinics, they cannot avail of direct settlement like Laya and Irish Life members. Instead VHI customers can pay and claim back through their insurer.

The company’s expansion in the area – at a facility where it already offered diagnostic services – will create 10 new positions for doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants.

All patients over the age of one will be treated at the Northwood facility, which will open from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a 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.