Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Grantham’s NHS Community Diagnostic Centre expands

Facilities at Grantham’s Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) have been expanded to include state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanners.

The £5 million investment in the site on Gonerby Road at Gonerby Hill Foot is the latest development in Lincolnshire’s NHS CDC programme to offer diagnostic tests to patients in the local community outside of a busy hospital setting.

The former Moy Park hatchery site has been open as a CDC since April 2022 and further investment from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board has enabled it to continue to expand.

Claire Lloyd, CDC Programme Lead, said: “Our CDC programme has already supported more than 75,000 diagnostic tests to be carried out for Lincolnshire patients as part of their ongoing care. All of these planned appointments are run exactly as they would be in our hospitals, including with the same clinical teams and IT systems, but without the potential disruption from emergency care.

“Patients can be seen quicker, potentially closer to home and in a calmer environment. There is also free on-site parking, which has also been improved with re-surfacing during the building work, directly outside the entrance.

“The ongoing success of the Grantham CDC is testament to the commitment of our teams in Lincolnshire’s NHS to find innovative ways to improve, while meeting the challenges presented to us by the county’s unique geography and population. We’re excited to see these two new scanners in place and supporting our patients.”

As well as new MRI and CT scanners, the expanded facilities include changing areas for patients, additional clinical preparation areas, large scanner control rooms and a staff room.

With referral from a health professional, patients can access the following services at Grantham CDC:

  • Plain film X-ray
  • Non-obstetric ultrasound
  • Echocardiogram
  • Diabetic Eye Screening
  • DEXA scanning
  • MRI scans
  • CT scans
  • AAA screening

Andrew David used Grantham CDC as a patient and has continued to support the programme as a patient representative, shaping developments on the site and elsewhere in Lincolnshire.

He said: “My visit to the Grantham CDC completely changed how I feel about going for scans and similar tests. Gone are the queues, delays, and gloomy corridors. The centre in Grantham is on a different level altogether, free ample parking, clean, fast, efficient service and above all the staff were exemplary, friendly, professional, and put me completely at ease. This is the way it should be and Aneurin Bevan would be very proud!”

Other plans on the CDC programme during 2024 include the £38m development of two new CDCs on Lincoln Science and Innovation Park and in Skegness.

 

Image courtesy of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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