Pictured at the launch of a new online private referrals service for GP's are Ellen Leacy, Quality Manager at Alliance Medical Ireland and Emmet Gilhooley, Enterprise Account Manager at Clanwilliam Group. (Naoise Culhane Photography)

Alliance Medical, Europe’s leading diagnostic imaging specialists and Clanwilliam Group, the leading healthcare, technology and services company, have launched private online referrals for GPs throughout Ireland.

Available to Socrates GP users, the service will speed up access for people who are waiting for diagnostic scans by enabling GPs to send referrals immediately and securely online for their patients.

The secure online radiology referrals can be made by GPs using the online referral platform entitled Zeus.

It is available directly to GPs for the referral of patients for diagnostic scans such as MRI, to the Mater Private Hospital and CUH in Cork along with sites elsewhere in Kerry, Dublin, Galway, Kildare and Limerick.

Commenting, Yvonne Davidson, Regional Manager (South) Alliance Medical Ireland said: “We believe that access to medical imaging should be prompt and easy for people but unfortunately that is not always the case.”

“Our partnership with Zeus means that doctors can refer their patients directly for scans, such as MRI, immediately. This reduces the administrative burden within these centers and results in a faster service and ultimately a timelier diagnosis for patients.”