New £4.5m clinic opened

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Sports stars were among those to line out in Hillsborough last week as Rory Best opened a new, jobs-boosting, multi-million pound medical facility.

Boxing world champion Carl Frampton joined members of the Ulster Rugby squad and Belfast Giants ice-hockey team to mingle with GPs. consultants, businesspeople and clinic staff as the Ireland and Ulster rugby captain opened the purpose-built facility.

Owned and operated by Orthoderm Ltd, the £4.5m private clinic is the end result of a two-year development that comes with a total of 18 jobs.

The investment secured the jobs of eight permanent staff and opened employment to 10 new personnel. According to Orthoderm, more than 30 local consultants, covering most medical, surgical and diagnostic specialties, will consult from a facility whose benefits, it says, include its location “just off the A1” inHillsborough.

A spokesperson added: “It is equipped with outpatient assessment rooms, local anaesthetic operating theatre, physiotherapy and full diagnostic imaging including MRI, ultrasound scanning and x-rays. The imaging suite is run in partnership with Orthoderm by Alliance Healthcare.

“Patients can be assessed by local consultants in almost every specialty and promptly have their diagnostic imaging or procedures performed.

“Day surgery, such as skin surgery, hand surgery, vasectomy, varicose vein removal and pain relieving injections are available.”

More information at www.orthodermclinic.com.