Coventry and Warwickshire ICB has secured £34m funding to develop three Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) across its footprint.
The cash injection will see the ICB improve two centres and open a third in the system’s city and rural places, and will offer patients access to new CT and MRI scanners and diagnostic tests for cancer.
The ICB said it will open Coventry CDC in 2024, and will split the centre between Coventry and Rugby.
The Coventry unit will be based in the city centre to take advantage of city transport links, with the Rugby half set to open in Hospital of St Cross from summer 2023 with CT and Ultrasound services.
The existing Warwickshire North CDC, which is based in Nuneaton, will see its services expanded with new CT and MRI scanners, while South Warwickshire CDC, in Stratford-upon-Avon, will see a dedicated building opened on the Stratford Hospital site to co-locate its new equipment.
Since October 2021, there have been over 73,000 additional diagnostic tests delivered across the system.
Phil Johns, chief executive of Coventry and Warwickshire ICB, said: ‘This funding is a significant milestone in establishing CDCs and providing more accessible healthcare across Coventry and Warwickshire. The new investment will mean more timely and convenient access to vital and potentially lifesaving diagnostic procedures, which is crucial in ensuring that we are able to find and treat illnesses such as cancer quickly.
‘I’m confident that these CDCs will play an important role in improving the health and wellbeing of our local population and I look forward to seeing the positive impact they have in enhancing the quality of healthcare across communities in Coventry and Warwickshire.’
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