MEDICAL SERVICES GIANT Affidea is opening its fourth walk-in clinic in Kildare – Fora


 later this year as part of an ongoing €25 million investment plan.

The Naas facility will be the company’s fourth ExpressCare clinic in the country. It recently announced the opening of a location at Northwood in Santry, and operates existing branches in Tallaght and Cork.

Affidea’s ExpressCare clinics treat minor injuries and illnesses like fractures and sprains, animal bites, infections and rashes. The company also provides medical scanning centres in 12 locations on the island of Ireland.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Affidea operates over 250 clinics in 16 countries and markets the ExpressCare clinics and diagnostics services as a quicker alternative to often crowded accident and emergency rooms in hospitals.

A lot of people who go into A&E for minor injuries don’t need to be there. They’re only going there because they need to get an X-ray or get stitched up, Affidea Ireland CEO Barry Downes told Fora.

What we’re providing here is immediate, walk-in diagnostics. You can see a doctor, get X-rayed or get your splint put on … We’ve set up all these existing pathways to ensure that we’re compressing the timeline for the full treatment of care.

Last year, Affidea treated just over 200,000 patients in Ireland, which Downes expects to grow this year with the opening of the Naas and Santry ExpressCare clinics.

As well as providing scanning centres and walk-in clinics, the company operates laboratories and cancer care facilities at a European level. It also provides data sets to artificial intelligence developers and equipment manufacturers such as General Electric and Siemens.

Downes said the company has “very ambitious growth plans” for the Irish market, although he’s keeping his cards to close to his chest when it comes to divulging new ExpressCare or scanning centre locations.

We’re constantly looking at future avenues for growth … Access to diagnostics is badly needed in a lot of areas across the country.


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.
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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.
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