The HSE/Cork Kerry Community Healthcare pilot initiative, which allows patients with minor injuries to attend the Cork Affidea ExpressCare clinic, has been extended until February 29th.
Patients with minor injuries, which are unlikely to need hospital admission, can use this service e.g. broken bones, sprains, dislocations, minor burns and scalds. People can arrive directly at the city centre clinic without an appointment, just as they can with HSE Injury Units in Cork city, Bantry and Mallow. GPs can also refer patients directly to Affidea ExpressCare.
Priscilla Lynch, Head of Primary Care, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said:
“This welcome extension of our partnership with Affidea ExpressCare until the end of February aims to help reduce the numbers attending city emergency departments. All parts of the health service are working together to ensure that we meet the increase in demand. Winter viruses such as RSV, flu and Covid-19 are putting hospitals under extreme pressure, so our advice is that members of the public should present at hospital EDs only for major health emergencies. Providing access to the Affidea ExpressCare clinic gives the public an addition option to consider in non-emergency situations.”
Options for urgent healthcare in Cork include:
Visiting the Cork Affidea ExpressCare clinic costs €75, in line with the fee charged at HSE Injury Units. There are a number of exemptions:
- A person with a medical card
- Someone with a referral from their GP or Emergency Department
- Someone who is admitted to hospital as a result of their attendance
Affidea ExpressCare is open seven days a week from 10am to 8pm.
It is located at the Elysian, Eglington Street in Cork city and the Eircode is T12 KTD1.
Last updated on: 01 / 02 / 2024