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CDCs carry out six million checks across NHS in England

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More than six million tests, scans and health checks have taken place at community diagnostic centres (CDCs) across the country, helping speed up diagnoses and treatments for NHS patients.

A total of 6.1 million checks were carried out at CDCs as of November 2023, after being first introduced in July 2021.

Based in a variety of settings including shopping centres, university campuses and football stadiums, 141 of the diagnostic centres, including four temporary sites, are already open.

The sites offer patients a wide range of diagnostic tests closer to home and greater choice on where and how they are treated, reducing the need for hospital visits and helping them to receive potentially life-saving care sooner.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Victoria Atkins, said:

“The government’s £2.3 billion community diagnostic centre programme is the largest investment in MRI and CT scanning capacity in the history of the NHS.

“Placing high-tech equipment in places like shopping centres and near football stadiums makes it simpler for patients to get the care they need, as quickly as possible.

“We have now opened 141 CDCs across England, with more to come, and they are playing a vital role in faster diagnosis of illnesses like cancer and heart disease.”

Patients are referred to the diagnosit centres via their GP.

Healthcare staff use CT scanners, MRI scanners and other new diagnostic equipment to diagnose a range of health conditions, with early diagnosis and treatment key in preventing death and illness.

Dr Vin Diwakar, NHS Medical Director for Transformation, said: “Thanks to the hard work of staff, latest data shows the NHS has delivered a record 25.9 million tests and checks over the past year – 2 million more than the previous 12 months, and almost 50 per cent more than a decade ago – helping ensure patients get the all-clear or diagnosis, so they can be treated for a range of conditions as quickly as possible.

“Millions of these tests have been performed at one of our 141 ‘one stop shops’ open across the country, situated in locations most convenient for patients, so I would encourage anyone with a health concern to come forward and get checked – it could save your life.”

Meanwhile, new NHS data showing a rise in cancer checks across England has been labelled ‘misleading’ by experts.

Leading oncology Prof Pat Price, co-founder of the #CatchUpWithCancer campaign, said: “These figures are in danger of being just smoke and mirrors.

“The brutal reality is that we are in the worst cancer care crisis in my lifetime.

“We are continuing to miss all the key cancer targets by significant margins, month in, month out.”

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