Meet The #AffideaFamily – Affidea Letterkenny Clinical Lead Sarah Doherty

1. What’s your background?

I graduated from University of Ulster (Jordanstown) in 2009 and have been working as a Radiographer since between Glasgow, Dublin and now Donegal. Most of my working life to date was spent in Beaumont Hospital, where I was given the opportunity to pursue my interest in MRI; completing my MSC in Medical Imaging (MRI) in 2016 and, prior to this, Health Care Management in 2012. This has given me the skills and knowledge required to carry out my current role as Clinical Lead in Affidea Letterkenny.

2. Why did you join the #AffideaFamily?

I initially began working with Affidea as locum covering some late evening and weekend shifts. I wanted to broaden my knowledge base as Beaumont is very Neuro focused (as the Neuro centre of excellence in the country) and, at the time, my experience with MSK scanning was limited. I made the jump to full-time employment with Affidea when I heard rumblings that a centre was being opened in my local area. This was the chance I had been waiting on to move back to Donegal!

Minister Harris Officially Opens New Affidea Medical Scanning Centre in Letterkenny

3. What differentiates us in your opinion?

Since I first became involved with Affidea, which was formerly known as Euromedic, there have been huge changes and expansion throughout the country. There is a constant desire within the company to develop and improve, with a view to providing the best services for patients in Ireland and further afield.

Affidea is the market leader in medical imaging and reporting. Our clinics are fitted with the highest specification equipment available and provide state-of-the-art facilities. Affidea is also investing in the health of our local community and we are able to provide competitive rates for scans, with turnaround times as soon as 48 hours in many instances, with critical cases assessed urgently when required. Our Affidea motto states that, Nothing Is More Important Than Health, and the services that we provide allow everyone to be able to look after their health effortlessly and quickly. On a daily basis, my colleagues and I here in Letterkenny strive to go above and beyond to accommodate our patients, which makes working as part of this team a pleasure.

4. What does your average day look like?

My day begins at 8.30am, scanning patients in our wide bore MRI scanner alongside my colleague Leanne. We can scan up to 21 patients on any given day, which provides a lot of scope and flexibility for patients to find a time that suits their busy schedules.

When a patient arrives at the Centre, they are greeted by our Administration Team at reception, where they complete registration and answer Affidea’s important safety checklist before progressing to MRI. When I meet my patients, I introduce myself and then proceed to discuss the checklist with them again as it is paramount that we insure the safety of every patient entering the MRI suite. We take the time to provide a detailed explanation of the entire procedure, which helps to put our patients at ease.

From my years of working in MRI and since I have moved back home to work, I have personally witnessed how access to this service has had a huge impact on families, with early diagnosis giving patients the best chance of a healthy future. I am proud every day to be able to give back to my local community where I grew up.

When I am not busy scanning patients, I keep on top of protocolling the referrals that are sent to us from a range of medical professionals such as GPs, hospital based doctors and physiotherapists. It is necessary to protocol each referral to ensure that the patient receives the most appropriate scan or x-ray for the clinical indications presented to us. We work closely with our referrers, so that together we can ensure the patient gets the most beneficial scan required.

5. How do you like to create a healthy work/life balance?

To have a healthy approach to work, I find exercise helps me to unwind and, since moving back to Donegal, I have become a member of my local GAA club, C.L.G. Baile na nGalloglach (Milford GAA). I play for the Senior Ladies team, and also try also to get a couple of gym sessions in per week.

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

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Affidea Letterkenny & Donegal GAA Diagnostic Partners

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.