Laya Healthcare has announced plans to open a network of health and wellbeing clinics around the country.

The first will open in Cherrywood in Dublin next month followed by another in Galway early in the new year and a third in Limerick in the summer.

Much like the VHI clinics, it will provide urgent care services for the treatment of minor illness, minor surgical procedures, specialist consultant outpatient services, vaccinations and flu jabs.

The clinics will be accessible to everyone.

It's not restricted to those with Laya healthcare policies or even those with health insurance, but Laya Healthcare members will get additional benefits.

It's envisaged that 80 jobs will be created in phases with 45 jobs in the initial three clinics plus an additional 35 with the addition of two more clinics to the network in 2022.

Laya says the clinics will support the Government's Sláintecare strategy, which aims to deliver more non-complex healthcare in the community.

"In the short-term, we expect our Laya Health and Wellbeing Clinics will quickly relieve some of the pressure in acute hospital settings and allow people to be seen more quickly 365 days a year," Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of Laya Healthcare said.

"While providing urgent care is a key offering, our Clinics will be equally focused on the areas of preventative health and wellbeing, with screening services and experts in place to focus on health promotion, health protection and disease prevention that support our members' physical and mental wellbeing."