Affidea to provide 20,000+ additional MRI scans per year thanks to multi-million-euro investment in two new state of the art MRI machines

  • 12 new roles to be created across clinical and non-clinical positions as part of new investment
  • Strategic move accelerates Affidea’s ambition to become one of the leading healthcare providers on the island of Ireland

Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent provider of diagnostic imaging and outpatient services, has announced that it will be providing up to 20,000 additional MRI scans per year following a multimillion euro investment in two new MRI machines at its Tallaght operation.

The significant investment will also create 12 new positions across clinical and non-clinical roles in Affidea’s Tallaght clinic which operates seven days per week to meet patient needs. Once installed, the Tallaght clinic will boast three MRI machines dedicated exclusively to outpatient imaging. The company already employs more than 300 professionals across Ireland and provides medical services to over 200,000 patients in Ireland annually.

Today’s news confirms Affidea’s continued commitment to invest significantly in its Irish infrastructure to facilitate improved and rapid access to quality patient centric healthcare catering to both the public and private markets.

The two new MRI machines will be operational in the first quarter of 2022 and will add to Affidea’s already significant suite of diagnostics available at its three ExpressCare Clinics in Dublin and Cork as well as it’s ten diagnostic centres and managed hospital services across the country. This offers patients unrivalled access to advanced diagnostic imaging which has previously been an issue in Irish healthcare.

The 10 Affidea diagnostic centres are located in Dublin – Dundrum, Northwood, Meath Primary Care and a new flagship clinic in Tallaght – Waterford, Kilkenny, Naas, Letterkenny, Northern MRI in Belfast and Cork city, with ultrasound services in Mallow Primary Care Centre.

Meanwhile, Affidea’s ExpressCare Clinics treat minor injuries and illnesses that don’t require a hospital visit. Offering fast turnaround times without an appointment, the clinics treat 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.

Affidea Ireland, which was established here in 2007, is part of the European Group, Affidea, which has 308 advanced diagnostic imaging, outpatient and cancer care centres across 16 countries. Focused on providing high quality affordable care, the company, performs over 14 million examinations annually.

Barry DownesCEO of Affidea Ireland, says: “Timely access to appropriate diagnostic imaging is now a fundamental part of modern healthcare delivery. This year, we have seen the tremendous success of the GP Direct Access program where GPs now have access to imaging in a primary care environment.  The impact of this program cannot be underestimated – by granting GPs direct access to imaging, there is an immediate reduction on the requirement for hospital OPD appointments and subsequent requests for imaging in hospitals.

Our own studies have shown this direct access to imaging has resulted in a significant reduction in hospital referrals This is the essence of Slaintecare – delivery of appropriate care in the community relieving pressure on the acute sector and empowering General Practice.”

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