We were thrilled to visit Cork Con’s iconic grounds with Red FM to launch ExpressCare Minor Injuries & Illnesses Walk-In Clinic in The Elysian, Cork, as main sponsor of ITRA Tag Rugby.
With venues in Cork Con FC, Garryduff Sports Centre and Irish Independent Park, more than 2,300 taggers play in ITRA’s Cork leagues each year and, with a number of new initiatives being rolled out in 2019, including New to Tag coaching sessions aimed at beginner players and Novice Leagues for start-up teams, numbers are continuing to grow.
David Corkery, former Ireland and Munster rugby player and Affidea Business Development Manager, said at the launch: “We’re excited to show the Cork tag community our world-class walk-in clinic at The Elysian, which is open every evening until 10pm, allowing players who get injured during a tag match to be seen quickly and efficiently by ExpressCare staff.”
Marketing Manager Rachel Healy added: “We’re proud to support the local community to ensure everyone is seen as a priority in ExpressCare. We’ve had a great response to our contest on Red FM giving away free spots on the coaching programme along with tag shorts for the summer, and the feedback from players so far has been astounding. They’re relieved to be treated so quickly, instead of having to wait for hours in a busy and stressful A&E.”
Aidan Walsh, ITRA Sponsorship Manager, said: “It’s ideal to have this state-of-the-art clinic open to everyone right on our doorstep on Eglinton Street. Our players are delighted, saying that this is the world’s most relevant sponsor as we’re in dire need of the services, with some even joking we should have a direct line to ExpressCare!”
ExpressCare Minor Injuries & Illnesses Walk-In Clinics are open to everyone from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year, in Cork and Dublin, to offer an alternative destination to busy emergency departments and significantly relieve the burden on busy A&Es.
Promising fast turnaround times with no appointment or referral needed, ExpressCare is staffed with Emergency Department trained doctors and nurses who care for minor injuries such as fractures and sprains or cuts requiring stitches.
ExpressCare aims to see patients within a one-hour turnaround time and children over one-year of age can attend.
Patients are often referred to hospitals due to difficulty accessing diagnostic services, but ExpressCare offers rapid access with reports back to GPs within days. As Ireland’s leading diagnostic imaging provider with a network of 12 clinics across Ireland, Affidea provides X-rays, MRI, Ultrasound, CT and DXA scans in flagship scanning centres located onsite.
ExpressCare offers a complete patient pathway and has on-site consultant clinics, in disciplines such as physiotherapy, orthopaedics and plastic surgery; offering weekly clinics to follow up on any more serious injuries.
ExpressCare operates independently providing services to all patients who attend on a fee-for-service basis or, alternatively for patients with private health insurance with Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health, ExpressCare is a covered benefit. They also offer a €50 discount for patients who present with a GP referral letter.
About the Irish Tag Rugby Association
Founded in 2000, ITRA Tag Rugby is an ever-growing sport in Ireland – there are now over 22,000 male and female players in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Naas and Ennis with 96% aged between 21 and 35. ITRA also organises a number of hugely popular one day festival events during the summer, including Tagtastic, Corporate Cup and Banna Beach Tag.
Numbers are expected to increase significantly over the coming years as ITRA, in association with the University of Limerick, has been awarded the 2021 Tag World Cup, when 3,000 tag players from 20+ countries will travel to the Treaty City of Limerick in August 2021.
You can register a team with friends or work mates – or, if you are on your own, we can find you a fun, social team with other individual players. For more info, go to www.tagrugby.ie or call 01 2020100.