Affidea investing €500,000 in fourth ‘walk-in’ ExpressCare Clinic in Ireland to treat patients quickly for minor injuries and illnesses

–       New facility in Naas, Kildare will create 10 new roles initially and is part of €1.8 million investment by Affidea in the Naas Clinic over past four years

–       ExpressCare Clinic’s already operating in Tallaght, Santry 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 €500,000 in the establishment of a fourth ExpressCare Clinic in Ireland. The new facility is co-located with Affidea’s existing diagnostic clinic in Naas, Co. Kildare and will open to the public in the coming weeks. 

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 University Hospital, Northwood Business Park in Santry and at The Elysian in Cork. The investment in the fourth facility is part of an overall €1.8 million investment by the company in the Naas clinic over the last four years, with diagnostic capacity at the clinic doubling in that time.

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.

Affidea employs more than 300 professionals across Ireland and 10 new positions will be created at the new ExpressCare Clinic in Naas, with more expected to come on stream as the business grows. A further 20 jobs have been created during the construction period.

As well as operating the four ExpressCare Clinics in Dublin, Cork and now Naas, 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 advanced 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 260 advanced diagnostic imaging, outpatient and cancer care centres across 16 countries. Focused on providing high quality affordable care, the company sees over 7 million patients per year, performs over 14 million examinations annually and works with over 9,000 professionals, of which 3000 are medical doctors.

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.

“We’re delighted to be opening our new ExpressCare clinic in Naas, offering patients even more convenience and easy access to care in the Naas area. 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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