Affidea 'takes burden off A&E' at €2m clinic
Private medical group Affidea is investing €2m in a new ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght, which the company said will take the strain off the A&E departments at Dublin hospitals.
The Tallaght operation is the second Affidea ExpressCare Clinic to open this year, following a clinic in Cork, under a more than €20m investment programme rolled out over the past three years.
The new outpatient clinic for minor injuries and minor illnesses in Tallaght sits alongside Affidea's existing diagnostic centre in the same location, and brings to 30 the number of highly skilled employees located there.
Barry Downes, country manager of Affidea Ireland, said: "Instead of attending a busy and stressful A&E environment in a hospital, people can now attend the Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght to have their minor injury or illness treated quickly, professionally and to the highest of standards in an outpatient comfortable environment.
"This clinic will significantly benefit the Irish healthcare sector by relieving the burden placed on Irish hospitals by large numbers presenting unnecessarily in A&E departments across the country."
The Affidea ExpressCare in Tallaght is open from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year.
The consultant-led medical team will care for minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures, sprains and cuts, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries, insect and animal bites, infections and rashes.
The private clinic serves patients on a fee-for-service basis, and is covered by health insurance providers Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health.