More than six million tests, scans and health checks have taken place at community diagnostic centres (CDCs) across the country, helping speed up diagnoses and treatments for NHS patients.

A total of 6.1 million checks were carried out at CDCs as of November 2023, since they were first introduced in July 2021.

Based in a variety of settings including shopping centres, university campuses and football stadiums, 141 of the diagnostic centres, including four temporary sites, are already open – including 40 brought forward earlier than planned. They offer patients a wide range of diagnostic tests closer to home and greater choice on where and how they are treated, reducing the need for hospital visits and helping them to receive potentially life-saving care sooner.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Victoria Atkins, said:

The government’s £2.3 billion Community Diagnostic Centre programme is the largest investment in MRI and CT scanning capacity in the history of the NHS. Placing high-tech equipment in places like shopping centres and near football stadiums makes it simpler for patients to get the care they need, as quickly as possible.

We have now opened 141 community diagnostic centres across England, with more to come, and they are playing a vital role in faster diagnosis of illnesses like cancer and heart disease.

Patients are referred to CDCs via their GP. Healthcare staff use CT scanners, MRI scanners and other new diagnostic equipment to diagnose a range of health conditions. Early diagnosis and treatment are key in preventing death and illness.

The programme, backed by £2.3 billion, constitutes the largest central cash investment in MRI and CT scanning capacity in the history of the NHS and we are on track to meet our target to open 160 CDCs by March 2025, with many due to open ahead of schedule.

Dr Vin Diwakar, NHS Medical Director for Transformation, said:

Thanks to the hard work of staff, latest data shows the NHS has delivered a record 25.9 million tests and checks over the past year – two million more than the previous 12 months, and almost 50% more than a decade ago – helping ensure patients get the all-clear or diagnosis, so they can be treated for a range of conditions as quickly as possible.

Millions of these tests have been performed at one of our 141 ‘one stop shops’ open across the country, situated in locations most convenient for patients, so I would encourage anyone with a health concern to come forward and get checked – it could save your life.

As a result of the success of the CDC programme and the wider measures outlined in the Elective Recovery Plan, the government met its target to virtually eliminate waits of over two years and has cut 18-month waits by over 90% from the peak in September 2021.

In November, the government also provided £800 million – a combination of reprioritised and new funding – to mitigate the impact of industrial action.

It is also maximising independent sector capacity reduce waiting times for NHS patients. A number of the CDCs are run by the independent sector but available to NHS patients as part of the programme.

The full list of open CDCs can be found below:

East of England

Bishop’s Stortford CDC

Braintree CDC

Clacton CDC

East Norfolk CDC

New QEII Hospital CDC

North Bedfordshire CDC

Thurrock CDC

West Essex CDC 

Whitehouse Health Centre CDC

Wisbech CDC

London

Barking Community Hospital CDC

Eltham Community Hospital CDC

Finchley Memorial Hospital CDC

Kingston CDC

Mile End Hospital CDC

North West London Ealing CDC

Purley CDC

Queen Mary’s Hospital Roehampton CDC

St George’s Hornchurch CDC

Wembley CDC

Willesden CDC

Wood Green CDC

Midlands

Cannock Chase CDC

Corbett CDC

Corby CDC

Coventry City Community CDC

Florence Nightingale Community Hospital CDC

Grantham CDC

Guest CDC

Hereford City CDC

Hinckley CDC

Ilkeston Community Hospital CDC

Kidderminster Treatment Centre CDC

Kings Heath CDC

Leicester CDC

Mansfield CDC

Merry Hill CDC

North Solihull CDC

Rugby St Cross CDC

Shrewsbury and Telford CDC

Sir Robert Peel CDC

South Birmingham CDC

South Warwickshire CDC

Stoke On Trent CDC

Walton CDC

Warwickshire North CDC

Washwood Heath CDC

Whitworth Hospital CDC

North East and Yorkshire

Armley Moor Health Centre CDC

Askham Bar Community Care Centre CDC

Barnsley Glassworks CDC

Bishop Auckland CDC

Blaydon CDC *closes when ICP North – Metrocentre opens

Bradford District and Craven CDC

East Riding Community Hospital CDC

Friarage CDC

Halifax CDC

Hartlepool CDC

Huddersfield CDC

Lawson Street CDC* closes when new Tees Valley Hub opens

Leeds CDC

Montagu Hospital CDC

Penrith CDC *closes when North Cumbria opens

Redcar CDC

Rotherham Diagnostics CDC

Scarborough Gateway CDC

Selby War Memorial CDC

Wakefield CDC

North West

Bolton CDC

Burnley General Hospital CDC

Clatterbridge Diagnostics CDC

Crossland Day Hospital CDC

East Cheshire CDC

Ellesmere Port CDC

Fleetwood CDC

Heysham CDC

Leigh CDC

Liverpool Women’s Hospital CDC

Manchester & Trafford CDC

Northern Care Alliance Oldham CDC

Paddington CDC

Preston Healthport CDC

Rossendale CDC

Salford CDC

Shopping City CDC

South East Manchester

Southport CDC

St Helens CDC

Victoria Infirmary Northwich CDC

Warrington & Halton CDC

Westmorland CDC

Whitegate Drive CDC

South East

Amersham CDC

Andover CDC

Bexhill CDC

Bognor Regis WMH CDC

Bracknell CDC

Buckland Community Hospital CDC

Caterham Dene CDC

Crawley Collaborative CDC

Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CDC

Falmer CDC

Fareham CDC

Heatherwood CDC

Hythe CDC

Island CDC

Lymington New Forest Hospital CDC

Medway CDC

Milford Community Hospital CDC

Oak Park CDC

Oxford CDC

Portsmouth CDC

Queen Victoria Hospital CDC

Romsey CDC

Royal South Hants CDC

Southlands Hospital CDC

Swale CDC

West Berkshire Community Hospital CDC

West Kent CDC

Woking Community Hospital CDC

South West

Boscombe AECC CDC

Bridgwater CDC

BSW BaNES Locality CDC

CDC Poole @ Dorset Health Village

CIOS Bodmin CDC

Devon and Torbay CDC

Devon Exeter Nightingale CDC

Gloucestershire Quayside CDC

North Bristol CDC

Plymouth CDC

Poole, Beales CDC

Somerset East CDC

Somerset West CDC

South Petherton CDC

South Walks CDC

Taunton Central CDC

West Cornwall CDC

West Mendip CDC

Weston CDC

Weymouth CDC

Yeovil CDC *closes when Somerset East CDC fully patient ready

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