Out-of-hospital diagnostic imaging firm Affidea is to create 120 new jobs in Belfast as part of its plans to open a new “centre of excellence” in the city.
It comes after investments by Affidea over the last year created 60 new jobs in the Republic of Ireland, which means it now employs more than 400 people countrywide.
According to the company, over the last year, it has added eight new MRI machines across the country, four new x-ray machines, and one new Dexa scan machine.
In its latest announcement, Affidea said, once completed, this “centre of excellence”will offer a range of specialist medical services on-site, including several operating theatres, endoscopy services and consultant suites.
The diagnostic imaging department will have the capacity for up to 50,000 patients a year.
Affidea Ireland chief executive Barry Downes said the investment made in Northern Ireland, and in the Republic over the last year, aligns with the company’s strategic direction to “enlarge its clinical services portfolio” with new “centre of excellence” services.
“This additional investment will facilitate improved access for patients on both sides of the border,” he said.
Affidea says it provides medical services to over 300,000 patients annually. It has 19 facilities on the island.
The company will also open a new diagnostics clinic with two new advanced MRI systems, X-ray, Dexa and ultrasound services in Charlestown in north Dublin next month.