📢 I welcome news that thousands of patients are set to benefit from quicker access to tests, checks and scans – with the new Northamptonshire CDC (Kings Heath) set to open.
This new centre will provide services including MRI scans, CT scans, ultrasound scans, cardiology, blood tests and respiratory checks. Once fully operational, the new centre will deliver an extra 28,974 tests, checks and scans a year.
Backed by £2.3 billion in government funding, these centres are based in convenient locations such as shopping centres, football stadiums and existing hospital or GP sites. CDCs have already delivered an additional 3 million tests, checks and scans.
Tuesday’s announcement of 19 more CDCs across the country set to open by the end of the year will help to cut waiting times for elective procedures and cancer treatment, bringing down the backlog from COVID-19 and improving patient outcomes.
Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said:
“Rapid diagnosis offers reassurance to patients, reduces waiting lists, and crucially saves lives.
“CDCs have been fundamental to this effort, delivering over 3 million extra tests which are helping to diagnose conditions from cancer to lung disease more quickly across the country.
“The new centres will take us even further, utilising cutting-edge MRI, CT and X-ray machine to transform the way we deliver care closer to people’s homes helping tens of thousands of people.”