The VHI SwiftCare Clinic located within Whitfield Clinic on the outskirts of Waterford, is now open to treat patients with minor injuries and illnesses. It is the fourth VHI SwiftCare Clinic opened by VHI Healthcare in partnership with Centric Health and is the first outside Dublin. A fifth clinic will also open in the coming weeks in Cork.
The Waterford Clinic will provide walk-in, rapid assessment, treatment and advice for patients with a range of minor injuries and illnesses. The aim, according to management, will be to treat all patients within one hour and the clinic will be open to all members of the public, not just VHI Healthcare members, from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The Waterford Clinic provides on-site diagnostic x-ray services as well as access to blood pathology diagnostic services and Ultrasound facilities. There are also a broad range of treatment services including suturing and plaster application as well as some follow-up services such as consultant-led fracture clinics and physiotherapy.
The clinic will also provide a community diagnostic service for local GPs whereby patients, following referral by their GP, can simply walk-in during Clinic hours, directly obtain their diagnostic test and be advised to attend their GP who will be forwarded the results.
The VHI SwiftCare Clinics are run as a joint initiative between VHI Healthcare and Centric Health, a primary care medical company founded by Dr Ray Power and Dr Maurice Cox. The Waterford Clinic will be operated in partnership with the Whitfield Clinic.