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Works on two new NHS Community Diagnostic Centres in Skegness and Lincoln have begun following £38m government investment.

Works to build two new NHS Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) in the county have begun following a £38 million government investment.

Lincoln and Skegness will benefit from the variety of services offered by the centres, including X-ray, MRI, CT and non-obstetric ultrasounds, allowing for convenient, timely care away from busy hospital sites.

The developments, which are expected to open to patients this autumn, have been made possible by funding provided by the Department of Health and Social Care.

The architect impression of Lincoln Community Diagnostic Centre. Pictures: ULHT
The architect impression of Lincoln Community Diagnostic Centre. Pictures: ULHT

Skegness’ site will be located on Old Wainfleet Road, while the one in Lincoln will be on the Science and Innovation Park, off Tritton Road.

Julie Frake-Harris, chief operating officer at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) said both developments are, “a significant and exciting step forward in the delivery of this programme for our patients.”

These new CDCs come after the success of the programme, which supported the delivery of more than 80,000 diagnostic tests, and saw the Grantham CDC open in April 2022.

Julie added: “Working in collaboration with NHS Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board, we have involved patients and clinical teams at every stage of development to ensure we are creating an environment that is welcoming, modern and fit for purpose for the broad range of patient groups who will be able to use it.

“The convenience of these facilities is supported by free on-site parking, and having diagnostic testing in the community not only helps to reduce waiting times, it also frees up capacity in our busy hospitals to support those in need of emergency care.”

In Skegness, the CDC will offer services which were not previously available in the area, such as CT, MRI, echocardiograms and dental X-rays.

The architect impression of Skegness Community Diagnostic Centre
The architect impression of Skegness Community Diagnostic Centre

Additionally, there are plans to include a chemotherapy service to reduce the amount of travel necessary for cancer patients.

In the meantime, a temporary MRI scanner has been set up in Mablethorpe at Marisco Medical Practice, to provide additional appointments while the build is completed.

At the Lincoln site, there will be dedicated training facilities for future radiographers, making it of the first NHS trusts in the country to link directly with a school of radiography at the University of Lincoln.

Temporary MRI and CT scanners have also been put in place at the Science and Innovation Park until the works are finished.

Clair Raybould, Executive Director for System Delivery, NHS Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board, said: “The CDC programme is offering the opportunity to explore how health and care organisations can develop and deliver services differently to address some of the unique challenges faced within our local communities, from a population and geographical perspective.

“As well as offering vital diagnostic testing, Lincolnshire’s CDCs have been designed to allow clinical space for other services, enabling the facility to develop further as a community hub.

“These partnerships are already helping to facilitate the provision of temporary services during construction works, the introduction of new services such as physiological testing, and the growth of future workforce development.”

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