Community Diagnostic Centre
Following a successful bid, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust were awarded funding by NHS England to take part in the national Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) programme to accelerate diagnostic activity and aid the recovery of services from the impact of COVID-19.
Several new facilities were installed as part of the initiative, including EMS Healthcare's Trilogy+ mobile endoscopy unit. Between them, the additional capacity will enable over 8,000 more patients to get the tests they need quicker and safely within the first 6 months.
Dr Carl Ellson, Medical Director for NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG, said: “Our priority is to address the waiting lists that have grown during the pandemic and to use the additional capacity at the CDCs to ensure patients can get the investigations they require in a timely manner and meet growing demand for diagnostic tests in the future.”
Kidderminster was one of the first early adopter sites to roll out a CDC.
3,000 additional patients were seen in the first 3 months.
The contract was extended for an additional 12 months.