Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce the renewal of Affidea as a preferred medical provider of diagnostic imaging and outpatient services.
Affidea is Ireland’s leading provider of diagnostic imaging services, including MRI, ultrasound, x-ray, computed tomography and DEXA exam. Affidea operates a network of clinics across Ireland, which means Athletic Ireland members can quickly access the facilities they need for a rapid diagnosis of their sports injuries.
As part of their exceptional outpatient services, the ExpressCare Minor Injury and Illness Walk-In Clinics in Northwood and Tallaght in Dublin, and The Elysian in Cork, are also the perfect alternative to busy emergency departments.
Open to everyone from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 365 days a year, with no appointment or referral required, ExpressCare aims to see patients within one hour.
Olympian and Affidea Ambassador Thomas Barr knows better than anyone how pushing your body to its limits can lead to it collapsing, so having easy access to prompt treatment can make all the difference. He said, “Time is running out to detect injuries, so having these kind of diagnostic tools to help identify the problem can help dramatically reduce downtime and get you back on the road to recovery. ExpressCare is also perfect for athletes. If you have an accident in training, or have children and want to be seen quickly, this is the place to come. I highly recommend them. ”
Treating a wide range of ailments from fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains to minor head and chest injuries, minor burns and scalds, fever and infections, ExpressCare physiotherapists on-site can provide additional rehabilitation instructions; minimizing the time it takes to resume training.
Affidea Executive and former international rugby player David Corkery said; “We are delighted to once again support the excellent work being done by Athletics Ireland. Our clinics across the country provide athletes with direct, fast, and most importantly, very professional service if they need treatment. Many of the injuries reported by athletes are often classified as Class 4 or 5 injuries, so it is not uncommon to wait 6-7 hours to have a broken finger, for example. We all know that the most important time for an acute injury is the treatment given immediately after the fact and the first 12 hours are the most critical in getting you back on track.
Hamish Adams, CEO of Athletic Ireland, commented; “We are very happy to have again the opportunity to work with Affidea, who has been one of the great supporters of athletics in recent years. ExpressCare provides excellent walk-in service to treat minor injuries and illnesses, and the expertise offered at these centers is a service we encourage all of our members to use when needed. The importance of treating all injuries immediately and appropriately to aid recovery cannot be understated. We look forward to working closely with Affidea and supporting our members with this expert service. “
National Director Barry Downes has been added; “We have been a proud partner of Athletic Ireland for several years now, so we are delighted to be able to offer our full range of services to all IAA members who can now access the best diagnostics and treatments in the country quickly and efficiently. “
The renewed sponsorship will also see Affidea partnering with Athletics Ireland for the upcoming and hugely popular Irish Runner 5 Mile on June 15 and 10 Mile on July 13.
ExpressCare is made up of doctors and nurses trained in A&E who treat minor injuries such as broken bones and sprains or cuts that require stitches. Children over one year old can attend.
Patients are often referred to hospitals due to difficulties accessing diagnostic services, but ExpressCare provides quick access. As Ireland’s leading provider of diagnostic imaging with a network of 12 clinics across Ireland, Affidea provides X-rays, MRIs, Ultrasounds, CT scans and DXA scans at flagship scanning centers located on-site .
ExpressCare offers a complete patient journey and has on-site counseling clinics in disciplines such as physiotherapy, orthopedics and plastic surgery; offering weekly clinics for more serious injury follow-up.
ExpressCare operates independently and provides services to all patients who present on a fee-for-service basis or, alternatively for patients with private health insurance with Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health, ExpressCare is a covered benefit. They also offer a € 50 discount for patients who present with a referral letter from a general practitioner.
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