Greg Clark recently met hospital staff who are putting the finishing touches to the newly expanded West Kent Community Diagnostics Centre (CDC).
Community diagnostics centres are part of a national scheme to speed up diagnostic tests for patients following the pandemic. The expansion of the CDC will provide an additional:
∙ 48,000 x-rays
∙ 35,000 ultrasound scans
∙ 8,500 DEXA scans
∙ 7,000 respiratory diagnostics
∙ 6,500 cardiac diagnostics
The multi-million-pound new unit near Maidstone Hospital, will enable thousands more patients to quickly receive diagnostic tests including CT, MRI, DEXA and ultrasound scans.
The CDC, which first opened in 2021, is run by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW). Miles Scott, Trust Chief Executive, said: “Across our Trust 98% of our patients need diagnostic tests and the sooner we can carry out these tests the sooner we can start any treatment they may need.
Speaking on the opening Greg Clark said:
“The expansion of the CDC is really great news for people in west Kent and I want to thank the team at MTW who have worked so hard on delivering this project. The new unit will move patients away from busy hospital sites and is a fantastic facility.”