There is nothing worse than rushing your child to hospital only to end up waiting for hours to be seen.
However, in a bid to tackle the problem of stressful and busy A&E departments, Affidea are investing €2million in opening a new walk-in clinic in Tallaght, Dublin, for minor injuries and illnesses.
This is the second Affidea ExpressCare Clinic to open in Ireland this year, with the other clinic operating in Cork.
"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,” Barry Downes, Country Manager of Affidea Ireland, said.
"Our initial ExpressCare Clinic in Cork has been a huge success, and we’re delighted to now be in a position to offer this excellent service to anyone living in Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow and Louth. As we also offer a full suite of Affidea diagnostic medical imaging in our ExpressCare Clinics, this will also free up capacity for those in need of care in our hospitals.”
Promising fast turnaround times, 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 and sprains, lacerations requiring stitches, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries, insect and animal bites, infections and rashes.
Children over the age of one can also attend the facility, so that parents don’t have to attend a busy hospital emergency department with an injured child.
Affidea ExpressCare in Tallaght provides services to all patients who attend on a fee for service basis, and it’s a covered benefit for health insurance providers Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health.