Affidea opens in Waterford

: Minister John Halligan TD pictured with CEO Tim Finn after unveiling a special plaque in the new Affidea Health Centre at Ardkeen.

: Minister John Halligan TD pictured with CEO Tim Finn after unveiling a special plaque in the new Affidea Health Centre at Ardkeen.

Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent diagnostic imaging provider, formerly known as Euromedic, opened a new medical scanning facility in Waterford to serve the people of Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Tipperary. Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development Mr. John Halligan T.D. attended the unveiling at Affidea’s state-of-the-art centre.

In addition to creating ten jobs, the company has invested €2.6m in the opening of the Waterford clinic, as part of an overall €15m investment in the Irish healthcare sector. The multi-modality scanning centre is located in Holly House, Arkeen, Cove Roundabout, and Waterford. The centre will serve as a primary care diagnostic scanning facility; offering MRI, Ultrasound, X-ray and DXA.

Tom Finn, CEO of Affidea, said: “I’m delighted to open the new Affidea centre in Waterford today, which heralds an era of greater accessibility to medical scans for the people of the city and local areas. Patients can now receive timely attention quickly, professionally and to the highest of standards in a primary care environment, rather than a hospital-based setting.”

Mr. Finn is from St. Mullins in Carlow, and described it as a local service for local people that works well with the HSE.

“Affidea currently caters for the population in the South East with our centres in Kilkenny and Naas; however, the investment in this centre further reinforces our commitment to make scans accessible and affordable for everyone.”

Affidea have 12 centres around Ireland, operate in 15 countries in 180 centres treating millions of clients annually.

Tom reckons that they can be an outsource solution to some HSE work, where often there are two years waiting lists for MRI scans.

Minister of State for Training and Skills, Mr. John Halligan T.D. welcomed the fact that Affidea will create ten new jobs in Waterford while also boosting accessibility to medical scans: “The opening of this new clinic will have a significant impact on the availability of diagnostic services to patients, ensuring timely and high quality treatments by experienced medical professionals working only with state-of-the-art technology.”

Olympic 400m Hurdles Finalist, Thomas Barr said: “As the Affidea Brand Ambassador, I’m immensely proud to see state-of-the-art medical facilities and capital investment in my home town. The people of Waterford now have access to the latest medical scanning facilities here in the local community.”

“As a sportsperson, diagnosing injuries accurately and as quickly as possible through scans has a huge impact on potential performance, as it ensures your rehab programme can be specifically tailored to maximise recovery time. I am confident that the people of Waterford are set to benefit from the increased choice the new facility will bring.”

Thomas spoke about how he himself had a small hamstring injury in training and was promptly dealt with. He was treated the next day in Waterford having come from Limerick, and the results of his test were ready within an hour.

In May, the company announced plans to open a new diagnostic centre in Tallaght, to serve west Dublin. Affidea clinics are accredited with recognised standard in ambulatory care from the Joint Commission International (JCI) and will operate the Waterford clinic to the same standards.

Affidea entered the Irish market in March 2007 through the acquisition of MRI Ireland. Over the past ten years, nine locations have been added to the network in Ireland, with more centres expected nationwide over the coming months.

About Affidea
Affidea offers premium diagnostic imaging, cancer detection and cancer treatment services, with a focus on delivering prompt yet thorough diagnoses and high quality treatments by working only with state-of-the-art technology and experienced medical professionals.
Over the years, Affidea has built a solid foundation in Private Public Partnerships. The company works closely with governments to provide essential diagnostic and cancer treatment services to populations across its ever-expanding European network.

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