Health minister to open private clinic on Thursday

Official opening of clinic this week

Health minister to open private clinic on Thursday

A private medical scanning cavity is to be officially opened in Letterkenny this week.

Health minister, Simon Harris, will open the €2 million facility which is creating ten jobs on Thursday.

The facility is being opened by Affidea, which describes itself as Ireland’s leading independent diagnostic imaging provider and was formerly known as Euromedic.

The company is opening in faculty at Scally Place, where the Health Service Executive has moved much of the outpatients services from Letterkenny University Hospital following the flood at the hospital in July 2013.

The facility will serve as a primary care diagnostic scanning facility, offering MRI, ultrasound and X-ray. Affidea Letterkenny will be 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.

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 Letterkenny to the same exacting standards while undergoing the accreditation process.

Tom Finn, CEO of Affidea has described the opening of the facility as a landmark in a primary health care evolution for Donegal and the North West”.

“The Letterkenny clinic will serve to ensure local patients have greater accessibility to medical scans, quickly, professionally and to the highest of standards. The new clinic will ensure patients can receive the timely attention they need in a primary care environment, rather than hospital based setting. Affidea currently offers an ultrasound service in conjunction with the HSE from the same building and from June will offer an expanded and seamless service to public and private patients”.