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New Paddington diagnostic centre to offer earlier access to vital health tests

PEOPLE in Liverpool are set to benefit from earlier access to vital tests for a wide range of health conditions after NHS leaders agreed a deal for a new community diagnostic centre (CDC) in Paddington Village.

In a landmark agreement, the NHS has acquired the formerly privately-run Rutherford Cancer Centre North West from Equitix, which owned it. The state-of-the-art facility will now be transformed into a new NHS diagnostics centre for people from across Liverpool. The deal is fantastic news for the city, converting the former Rutherford Health building into a first-class NHS facility.

The new community diagnostic centre will be owned and operated by The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside. It is expected to open by the summer.

Community diagnostic centres provide the NHS with additional capacity to carry out vital tests and scans in locations away from the pressures of a busy acute hospital providing emergency care.

The new Paddington Village CDC will offer tests to people referred by their GP or other health professionals to check for a wide range of conditions including musculoskeletal problems, cancer, cardiac issues and gastrointestinal disease.

It will help them get a confirmed diagnosis so they can get the treatment they need or the all-clear, putting their minds at rest. This is particularly important where someone has symptoms that could be cancer.

Initially, the CDC will offer CT, MR and ultrasound scans as well as blood tests (phlebotomy). Future phases will see it expand to provide more tests, further boosting NHS diagnostic capacity in response to local demand.

Cheshire and Merseyside has been at the vanguard of rolling out community diagnostic centres (CDCs) as part of a national NHS England programme supported by government funding. It launched the first CDC nationally in St Helens and there are now six CDCs in our region (Ellesmere Port, Liverpool, Northwich, Southport, St Helens and Wirral), with a further three – including this one – due to open in the next six months.

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