Affidea investing €1.5 million in third ‘walk-in’ ExpressCare Clinic in Ireland to treat patients quickly for minor injuries and illnesses

New facility in Northwood, Santry, Dublin will create 10 new roles initially and is part of €25 million investment by Affidea in the Irish healthcare sector over past three years

ExpressCare Clinics already operating in Tallaght and Cork are designed to relieve the burden on busy hospital A&E departments

Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent provider of diagnostic imaging and outpatient services, is investing €1.5million in the establishment of a third ExpressCare Clinic in Ireland. The new facility is located in Northwood, Santry, Dublin and will open to the public in the coming weeks. 

Affidea already employs 300+ professionals across Ireland and 10 new positions will be created at the Northwood clinic, with more expected to come on stream as the business grows.

ExpressCare clinics by Affidea are ‘walk in’ facilities that treat minor injuries and illnesses that don’t require a hospital visit. The business already operates an ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght, just 200 metres from Tallaght Hospital, and at The Elysian in Cork. The investment in the third facility at Northwood is part of an overall €25 million investment by the company in the Irish healthcare sector over the last three years. 

Offering fast turnaround times without an appointment, ExpressCare Clinics treats minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures and sprains, lacerations requiring stitches, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries, insect and animal bites, infections and rashes. Children over the age of one are also treated, eliminating the need for a stressful visit to a hospital A&E department with an injured child. All ExpressCare Clinics are open from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year.

As well as operating the three ExpressCare Clinics in Dublin, Cork and now Northwood, Affidea also has ten state-of-the-art diagnostic centres and two managed hospital services across the country that provide MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-Ray and DEXA scan facilities*. This offers patients unrivalled access to diagnostic imaging which has previously been an issue in Irish healthcare.

Affidea operates the youngest and most modern fleet of MRI facilities within the Dublin region with an average age of less than three years, enabling it to provide high end diagnostic imaging in modern, comfortable settings. In 2018, the company provided medical services to over 200,000 people in Ireland and that number will grow further in 2019.

Affidea Ireland, which was established here in 2007, is part of the European Group, Affidea, which has 246 advanced diagnostic imaging, outpatient and cancer care centres across 16 countries. Focused on providing high quality affordable care, the company sees over 6.5 million patients per year, performs over 13 million examinations annually and works with over 8,000 professionals, of which 2,600 are medical doctors.

To tie in with the opening of the new ExpressCare Clinic in Northwood, Dublin, Affidea has also unveiled an advertising campaign encouraging consumers to consider why they should put up with the long waiting times associated with a busy hospital A&E when they can instead attend an ExpressCare Clinic by Affidea and access excellent medical practitioners delivering quality care in a modern stress-free environment.

The campaign features images of adults and children in considerable pain, accompanied by the wording ‘When waiting in A & E is unthinkable’. Zoning in on the fact that Affidea prides itself as a patient focused healthcare provider, the executions also feature the tagline ‘Be Seen As A Priority’ to highlight the fact that patients with a minor injury or illness who attend Expresscare Clinics by Affidea are seen by a doctor quickly.

Barry DownesCEO of Affidea Ireland, says“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. Instead of attending a busy and stressful A&E environment, people can instead attend an ExpressCare Clinic to have their minor injury or illness treated quickly, professionally and to the highest standards in a comfortable outpatient environment.

“Our first ExpressCare Clinic opened in Cork end of 2017 and has been a huge success. Similarly, our ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght, which opened just last year, has seen patients across Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Meath and Louth accessing the service. We’re now delighted to offer these patients even more convenience by opening a similar facility on the north side of the capital.

All patients attending our ExpressCare Clinics can also access our other on-site diagnostic imaging resources such as MRI and X-Ray services to ensure the right diagnosis is made first time. Our scale offers us the resources, facilities and efficiencies to deliver our results quickly, so that you can get the right treatment as soon as possible. It also frees up capacity for those in need of care in our hospitals.”

Affidea ExpressCare provides services to all patients who attend on a fee for service basis, and it’sa covered benefit for health insurance providers Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health.

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