6:00 p.m. July 27, 2022
Proposed expansions to diagnostic centers at two east London hospitals are among plans put to residents as part of a new consultation.
With NHS North East London expecting to receive £39m to build and operate Community Diagnostic Centers (CDCs) over the next three years, the North East London Health and Care Partnership has set up a public consultation to seek feedback on a range of collect suggestions.
Residents of Barking and Dagenham, City of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest can voice their views on the plans, with consultation running until September 13.
A spokesman for NHS North East London said: “Community diagnostic centers are acting as a one-stop shop for checks, scans and tests for a range of conditions – so people can access them closer to where they live rather than traveling to the hospital.
“Health and care organizations have worked together on proposals to expand and develop community diagnostic centers for patients in north-east London.
“Our aim is to increase capacity where it is needed most for a range of vital tests, such as x-rays and blood draws, which help GPs assess a person’s condition and provide access to treatment and outcomes for patients while reducing health inequalities.
“This, in turn, would increase efficiency, reduce pressure on our local hospitals and reduce wait times overall.”
Proposals include plans to expand sites at Mile End Hospital and Barking Community Hospital, and consider the costs and benefits of developing additional sites over the next few years.
These include the King George Hospital in Ilford and the St George’s Health and Wellbeing Hub in Havering, as well as a site to the west of the area and the site of Whipps Cross Hospital in Redbridge.
The consultation also relates to the potential development of smaller centers in shopping centers such as Canary Wharf, Westfield in Stratford and The Liberty in Romford.
In addition to the new locations, a final proposal is to change the system so that hospital advisors spend more time with people who have particularly complex medical conditions, while giving GPs and their patients more ways to book tests and view test results.
Joseph Huang, Sector Head of Cancer and Clinical Support at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) and Clinical Director of Community Diagnostic Centers for NHS North East London, said: “Our proposals were developed and agreed by clinical experts in a specialist area , including cancer, and are taking into account the feedback we have received from workshops and presentations, but we now want to hear from local people and their representatives.
“This includes carers, members of community and non-profit organizations, parents and guardians, older people, health and social care professionals, regulators and the public. Please take a close look at our suggestions and let us know what you think.”
Cllr Maureen Worby, cabinet member for social welfare and adult health inclusion at Barking and Dagenham Council, said the local authority supports the proposed expansion of Barking Community Hospital and noted that it has been campaigning for years on behalf of the council for additional health facilities in the district .
“The CDC will mean that residents can be referred within the county for diagnostic tests and not have to travel to Queen’s and King George,” she said. “This proposal is welcomed and I look forward to providing residents with a much-needed service close to home.”
After the consultation, NHS North East London said it would consider the comments before deciding “quickly” on a way forward to improve patients’ diagnostic experience and increase the tests available to cope with waiting lists.
To participate, visit the consultation page at https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/getinvolved/have-your-say-on-developing-community-diagnostic-centres.htm
There will also be a series of online events taking place on August 13th at 10am, August 25th at 6pm and September 7th at 10am. Visit the NHS North East London website for more information.