- Health Secretary Sajid Javid said 40 new testing centers will open across England
- GPs will be able to refer patients directly to these centers for various diseases.
- Include Brighton’s Falmer Community Stadium and The Glass Works in Barnsley
The government has announced that millions of patients will be sent for cancer screening to shopping centers or football stadiums instead of hospitals.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said 40 new ‘one stop shop’ diagnostic centers will open for scans, tests and X-rays in community locations across England.
The government has invested £350 million in centers to provide around 2.8 million life-saving scans and tests over the next year to tackle the huge NHS backlog.
GPs will be able to refer patients directly to these centers for various ailments.
New centers include the Falmer Community Stadium in Brighton and the shopping center The Glass Works in Barnsley.
The government has invested £350 million in centers to provide around 2.8 million life-saving scans and tests over the next year to tackle the huge NHS backlog (file photo)
Between March 2020 and February 2021, 369,000 fewer people than expected were referred to a specialist for diagnostic cancer tests.
Cancer services are now back to pre-pandemic levels, but the emphasis has been on greater capacity to get through the massive backlog.
Mr Javid said: ‘Dealing with waiting lists will require new and more innovative ways of providing essential services to the people.’
The centers will start providing services in the next six months and will be fully operational by March.
Mr Javid said: ‘The pandemic has focused on the need to focus more on the way we deliver clinical services and that’s why I take one of the key recommendations of my report to treat patients so quickly. I am completely happy to see it become a reality.
‘I have no doubt that many people will benefit from these new NHS Community Diagnostic Centres, bringing together many tests in one convenient location.’
It is hoped that the new centers will help doctors make earlier diagnoses for patients and reduce hospital visits through more direct access to a full range of diagnostic tests (file photo)
NHS Chief Executive Officer Amanda Pritchard said: ‘NHS staff have continued to provide routine care during the pandemic, along with treating approximately 450,000 critically ill COVID patients at the hospital, and the role of these Community Diagnostic Centres- Out will help us solve problems. Soon, when it will be easier to treat them.
The centers are one of the first recommendations from the NHS National Cancer Director Professor Sir Mike Richards, who reviewed clinical services as part of the NHS Long Term Plan published last year.
It is hoped that they will help doctors make earlier diagnoses for patients through more direct access to a full range of diagnostic tests, reduce hospital visits and therefore reduce the risk of COVID transmission, Will cut wait times, and help meet emissions targets by providing multiple tests. Reducing the number of visits to one visit and patients.