Affidea to create over 180 new jobs on island of Ireland following significant multi-million investment in the range of healthcare facilities nationwide

  • New purpose-built “Centre of Excellence” medical facility planned for Belfast, creating over 120 new jobs
  • New diagnostics clinic with MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound services to open in Charlestown, Dublin next month
  • Installation of eight new MRI machines nationwide provides capacity to conduct 60,000 additional MRI scans per year
  • Investment accelerates Affidea’s ambition to become one of the leading healthcare providers on the island of Ireland

Affidea, one of Ireland’s leading providers of diagnostic imaging, out-of-hospital services and day case surgery on the island of Ireland with 19 clinical facilities, has invested in a range of healthcare facilities and services across the island of Ireland in 2023 which has led to the creation of 60 new jobs nationwide. As a result, the company now employs over 400 professionals who provide medical services to over 300,000 patients in Ireland annually.

The multi-million investment, spread over the past 12 months, includes the installation of eight new MRI machines nationwide, allowing Affidea to conduct 60,000 additional MRI scans per year. With new MRIs deployed in Mallow, Drogheda, Limerick and Athlone, patients in these areas can now expect faster access to much needed diagnostic imaging. Four new X-ray machines and one new DEXA scan machine have also been installed, alongside the upgrading of their Ultrasound fleet with new GE Logiq E10 machines. In addition, a new purpose-built Diagnostics Clinic with two new advanced MRI systems, X-ray, DEXA and Ultrasound services will open in Charlestown in north Dublin in December.

Affidea is also delighted to announce that it will be constructing a new purpose-built medical clinic in Belfast. On completion, the clinic will offer a range of specialist medical services on-site including an ExpressCare clinic, several operating theatres, Endoscopy services and Consultant suites. In addition, it will also contain Northern Ireland’s newest and most modern diagnostic imaging facility which will comprise of MRI, CT, DEXA, X-ray, Mammography, Fluoroscopy and Ultrasound services.

The new Belfast clinic will leverage on the Affidea “Centre of Excellence” model and will become a leading orthopaedic facility on the island. Affidea operates the Fortius Clinic in London which is regarded as one of the leading Orthopaedic and Sports medicine groups globally. This new clinic will leverage the Fortius expertise creating a Centre of Excellence in Orthopaedics on the island of Ireland.

The diagnostic imaging department will have the capacity for up to 50,000 patients per annum. The clinic will lead to the creation of over 120 highly skilled jobs in the local market once completed, as well as significantly increasing the access to care for both public and private patients. The new facility will complement, expand and enhance the services already offered by Affidea at their existing portfolio of three established clinical facilities in Northern Ireland – Orthoderm, Hillsborough Private Medical Clinic and Affidea Belfast.

Barry Downes, CEO of Affidea Ireland, said: Today’s announcement confirms Affidea’s continued commitment to continue to invest significantly in its infrastructure to facilitate improved and rapid access to quality, patient-centric healthcare catering to both the public and private markets across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This investment is resulting in the creation of over new 180 jobs across a variety of clinical and non-clinical positions. This includes a range of medical professional roles such as radiographers, doctors and nurses as well as a number of key managerial and administrative roles. 

The investment aligns with Affidea’s strategic direction to enlarge its clinical services portfolio with new Centre of Excellence services, better addressing the needs of the local communities, while expanding its geographic footprint throughout the country. The ability to deploy our “Centre of Excellence” model in Orthopaedics is something we are very proud of. Access to high-quality healthcare for all is a core focus for us. This additional investment will facilitate improved access for patients on both sides of the border. We pride ourselves on ensuring we always have the most modern equipment and clinical facilities available to our patients.”


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.
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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.
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