Four new community diagnostic centres have already opened across Lancashire and South Cumbria, working to boost the number of checks, scans and tests which were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help work through the backlog, Lancashire and South Cumbria has received a share of £350 million funding from the government for the centres at Westmorland General Hospital, Rossendale Primary Health Care Centre, Preston Healthport and Whitegate Drive Health Centre in Blackpool, which act as ‘one-stop shops’ in convenient locations for people who have been waiting for these services.
The centres are already helping to achieve
- earlier diagnoses through easier, faster, and more direct access to the full range of diagnostics needed to understand symptoms
- a reduction in hospital visits which will help to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19
- a contribution to the NHS’ ambitions to cut carbon emissions and air pollution by providing multiple tests at one visit – reducing the number of patient journeys.