If you’ve ever presented to your public hospital’s accident and emergency (A&E) department, you’ll understand how stressful the long waiting times for treatment can be.
Findings from the HSE’s most recent National Patient Experience Survey found that only 31% of people waited less than the HSE’s target of six hours in A&E.
While minor injuries are a common occurrence – from breaking a finger while moving the bed to spraining an ankle on the trampoline – they can be painful and worrisome enough to warrant rapid medical attention.
That’s where your health cover provides even more value – by giving you access to the Affidea and MyMedical express health care clinics, where minor injuries and illnesses can be treated without an appointment in less than 90 minutes.
Both clinics treat a range of minor injuries from fractures, dislocations, sprains, swelling, joint and muscular pain to minor chest, head and facial injuries, fever and infections, rashes, sore throat, ear and eye problems, burns, stings and wound care.
MyMedical also offers treatment for younger patients from 12 months of age.
You won’t need an appointment for either clinic and will be seen within minutes of your arrival, giving you quick access to relief and complete peace-of-mind that your health is in safe hands.
All Irish Life Health members on hospital plans now have access to the Affidea and MyMedical minor injury clinics at their locations in Dublin, Cork and soon in Naas.
For most customers living in the east, the express clinics are located within 1.5 hours of their home on the M50 belt. On arrival they can be seen swiftly by a consultant, access x-ray if needed and be back on their way in under the time it could take to see a doctor in the public hospital’s A&E.
It won’t necessarily cost you more to use the Affidea and MyMedical minor injury clinics. Your public hospital’s A&E department will charge you €100 if you present without a GP’s referral and you will be liable for the cost of car parking which is not insignificant when you consider the length of time you might be waiting.
Your table of cover will detail what amount goes towards your clinic attendance fee and treatments such as x-ray, stitching, full and temporary casts, splints and crutches.
Affidea is open 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year, while MyMedical is open 10am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday, 365 days a year.
Check the Affidea and MyMedical websites for details of the location nearest to you and take a moment to save the telephone number in your address book. In the event of a minor injury or illness, you’ll be so glad you did.
To find out more about your policy’s key benefits, call the team at Sheridan Insurances today on (049) 438 0020 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.