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Harlow residents invited to Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) public consultation event

News / Fri 15th Dec 2023 at 10:34am

THE Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) is pleased to invite the public to find out more about its plans for a Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping.

The public consultation eventwill be held atSt Margaret’s Hospital, Spencer Close, Epping, on Wednesday 10 January 2024, from 4pm-8pm, and will be an opportunity to view the proposals for the facility, which will support quicker and more local access to diagnostic tests close to patients’ homes.

Attendees will also be able to give their feedback using interactive software at the event, together with sharing comments on the proposals via an online survey running from 10 January 2024 until 24 January 2024, which will be accessible from here from 10 January >

Planned to be open from spring 2025, there will be extended opening times and additional equipment at the St Margaret’s Hospital CDC, including:

  • Two additional computerised tomography (CT) scanners;
  • Extended hours for X-rays;
  • New ultrasound equipment;
  • New cardiology equipment;
  • New respiratory equipment;
  • Relocated MRI scanner; and
  • More phlebotomists to be recruited – increasing the number of blood tests that can be carried out

This will significantly improve the experience for patients accessing diagnostic services, enabling the community to be seen more quickly and closer to their homes, with more options for appointment times that are convenient for them. This aims to have further benefits of contributing to the NHS’s net zero ambitions by providing multiple tests at one visit, reducing the number of patient journeys and helping to cut carbon emissions and air pollution.

he public consultation event is specifically focused on the CDC development at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping.

Additionally, as part of the CDC programme, the services provided at Herts and Essex Hospital, Bishop’s Stortford, will include extended hours for cardiology, ultrasound and X-ray. Extended hours for non-obstetric (non-pregnancy) ultrasound have begun to be provided, with additional hours to be available in early 2024. There will also be additional hours for X-ray in early 2024.

Michael Meredith, director of strategy and estates at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT), said: “The Community Diagnostic Centre at St Margaret’s Hospital will support us to provide modern, integrated and outstanding care to our local community.

“We will be able to provide quicker access to diagnostic tests, closer to our patients’ homes. We are focused on having our patients at the heart of our services, with new and enhanced ways of working and providing care. We look forward to sharing our plans with the community and hearing your feedback.”

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1 Comment for Harlow residents invited to Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) public consultation event:

David Vincent
2023-12-17 09:34:03

Sounds like a big investment with big ticket items.

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