Last reviewed 5 October 2021
Forty community diagnostic centres are set to open across England in a range of settings, from local shopping centres to football stadia.
The new centres will help to get earlier diagnoses for patients through easier, faster, and more direct access to the full range of diagnostic tests.
The centres for checks, scans and tests will be funded by a £350 million investment from the Government and will provide around 2.8 million scans in the first full year of operation.
GPs will be able to refer patients to a centre for checks that are closer to home, rather than travelling to hospital. They will be staffed by a multi-disciplinary team including nurses and radiographers, and are open seven days a week.
They will help to reduce the number of patient journeys to hospital visits and the risk of Covid-19 transmission, and helping to cut carbon emissions and air pollution.
The centres will be in a range of accessible settings including the Glass Works in Barnsley, delivering ultrasounds, X-rays, breast screenings, phlebotomies and bone density scans. It will also be available in the Falmer Community Stadium, home of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, providing additional MRIs, CTs, ultrasounds and X-ray services; and a Community Diagnostic Village in a repurposed retail outlet in Poole, bringing together primary, community and secondary care as well as local health support teams.
Some centres are already up and running. Others will begin providing services over the next six months and all will be fully operational by March 2022.
Full details about the centres have been published here.