A E2 million investment by Euromedic Ireland has brought five new jobs to Kilkenny city with the potential for that number to double in the next 18 months.
Euromedic Ireland’s new premises located in Dean Street will provide primary care diagnostic scanning facilities including MRI, X-ray, Ultrasound and DXA scans to patients in Kilkenny and the South East. The company chose Kilkenny for its new facility due to its central location in the South East which will give the medical scanning company access to a potential 450,000 patients.
“We see the South East as under provisioned in the area of diagnostics. Kilkenny covers a catchment area of Kilkenny, Carlow, Laois, Waterford so as a city Kilkenny is very well positioned to service the whole South East region,” said Michael Davitt, the CEO of Euromedic Ireland.
Euromedic prides itself on providing a cheaper and more efficient access to medical scanning devices such as MRI scanners , MRI scans are used to get higher resolution images than x-ray and can also help distinguish between types of tissue which can be vital for detecting tumours. Mr Davitt said Euromedic can get patients in and the reports out to GP’s much quicker than the HSE.
“We focus on returning our reports to GP’s very quickly. That is really the secret to what we do, make sure that people are seen very quickly and getting the diagnosis back very quickly. The whole thing can be done in 24 to 48 hours compared to potentially weeks or months in the public sector,” he said.
Mr Davitt said that based on their experience with opening other diagnostic facilities in Ireland in Sligo, Cork and Dublin he expected to see sharp growth at the facility over the next 12-18 months. As Euromedic in Kilkenny grows more staff will be taken on to deal with the demand.
Mr Davitt said that the Euromedic facility is not in competition with St Luke’s hospital as it handles mainly private patients. In the future Euromedic hopes to partner with the HSE to extend its services to public patients as well.
“Our patients are predominantly private and at the moment our long term aim is that the HSE will engage with us regarding the servicing of public patients. Public Private Partnership is basically our business model all across Europe and it has worked everywhere else across Europe.
“I think it will probably happen here but it’ll just take a little bit of time,” he said.
Euromedic Kilkenny will officially open its doors from 9am – 5.30 pm on Monday. next. To book an appointment, please call 056-7770602 or visit www.euromedic.ie