Princess Alexandra Hospital showcases services to enhance care for the community at ministerial visit

Health / Thu 7th Mar 2024 at 10:49am

THE Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) welcomed a ministerial visit to the Bishop’s Stortford Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) at Herts and Essex Hospital, Bishop’s Stortford, on Monday (4 March) to showcase the services available as part of the CDC programme.

The Rt Hon Andrew Stephenson CBE MP, Minister of State (Minister for Health and Secondary Care) attended alongside Julie Marson, MP for Hertford and Bishop’s Stortford, to see the modernised X-ray rooms and ultrasound services, and to meet with PAHT colleagues. This is part of PAHT’s plans to support quicker and more local access to diagnostic tests close to patients’ homes.

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 this year (2024). There will also be additional hours for X-ray this year (2024). 

Additionally, PAHT held a public consultation in January regarding its separate proposals for a Community Diagnostic Centre at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping. 

Planned to be open from summer 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

Jim McLeish, director of quality improvement at PAHT, who attended the visit, said: “We were delighted to welcome Minister Stephenson and Julie Marson MP to Herts and Essex Hospital.

“It was fantastic to showcase the diagnostic services we provide to improve the experience for our patients, enabling our patients to be seen more quickly and closer to their homes. It was also an opportunity to discuss our next plans for modern, integrated, outs

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2 Comments for Princess Alexandra Hospital showcases services to enhance care for the community at ministerial visit:

Tony Edwards
2024-03-07 12:39:28

Perhaps the Minister might like to tell us when exactly we are going to get new hospital to replace Princess Alexandra - we were told it would be built by 2025, then we are told it could be 2030 (but might be later) And still the business plan still hasn't been agreed by the Treasury, the site has not been purchased and planning permission has yet to be granted.

2024-03-07 13:09:35

Good to see local MP Julie Marson in Bishop’s Stortford this week - Hope she is able to pop by again before the election!

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