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Affidea opens new medical scanning centre in Waterford

Centre opened by Minister of State for Training and Skills, Mr John Halligan TD, and Olympian Thomas Barr

Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent diagnostic imaging provider, formerly known as Euromedic, today 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 TD, attended the unveiling at Affidea’s state-of-the-art centre.

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, in addition to creating ten jobs. The multi-modality scanning centre, which is located in Holly House, Arkeen, Cove Roundabout, Waterford, will serve as a primary care diagnostic scanning facility; offering MRI, Ultrasound, X-ray and DXA. Affidea anticipates that 9,000 patients will attend the centre for 12,000 scans each year.

Affidea Waterford is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including the High Specification Philips Ingenia Wide Bore MRI Scanner; providing the highest quality scans and a much improved patient experience, particularly for patients who experience claustrophobia or those who find it difficult to tolerate the noise of older scanners.

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. 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.”

Minister of State for Training and Skills, Mr. John Halligan T.D. welcomed the fact that Affidea will create ten new jobs in Waterford in a mix of clinical and administrative roles, as well as 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. Also the monitoring of bodybone health and fat/muscle mass through DXA scans, allows for pre-emptive action. I am confident that the people of Waterford are set to benefit from the increased choice the new facility will bring.”

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

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



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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.

Affidea operates 235 diagnostic and cancer treatment centres in 16 countries across Europe. The company employs over 4,400 professionals, of which more than 1,000 are medical doctors.

In the changing climate of healthcare service provision in Europe, Affidea has developed a unique business model and value proposition based on Positive Patient Experience, Proven Medical Outcome and Performance Improvement. By focusing on these principles, Affidea is able to provide exceptional value for all its stakeholders. These are patients, who experience the service; physicians, who refer patients for diagnostic imaging; and authorities of the public healthcare system, who regulate the operating environment and bear the cost of the public service.