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Have your say on the new Kings Heath Community Diagnostic Centre

Kings Heath CDC

An artists impression of the new centre

A chance to make your opinions known on the new Community Diagnostic Centre planned for Kings Heath, Northampton, will be available at special community engagement sessions next month.

Thousands of local people who need diagnostic tests like MRI, CT, and ultrasound scans, are set to benefit from two new Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) planned for the county.

One is planned for the Kings Heath Practice at the North Oval in Northampton and the other at the Willowbrook Health Centre site in Corby.

The CDCs are part of a wider government plan to help tackle diagnostics waiting time backlogs and speed-up vital care for local patients.

The hospital are asking the local community for their views about the new centre at either face-to-face or virtual information sessions. The Kings Heath public engagement events are on Friday 1 December and Tuesday 5 December. 

Face-to-face sessions:
Location: Kings Heath Practice, North Oval, Kings Heath, Northampton, NN5 7LN.
Date: Friday 1 December 2023
Time: Either 10.30am to 11.30am or 2.00pm to 3.00pm.
To book: Please use the form to register.

Virtual information sessions: Tuesday 5 December 2023, 6.30-7.30pm. Click here to join
Booking not required please just click the link to join the session on Tuesday 5 December.

 The meetings are designed to update local people on the plans and give them an opportunity to contribute their ideas on the best ways develop this community asset.

The Community Diagnostic Centres in Northamptonshire will be run by the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group - which consists of Kettering and Northampton general hospitals - and be overseen by NHS Northamptonshire Integrated Care Board - the body that oversees local health and social care.

UHN Director of Strategy, Polly Grimmett, said: “We want to gather the thoughts of our local community on our Community Diagnostic Centre plans. At the next meetings we will explain what is happening at Kings Heath and answer questions on whatever issues local people may raise.”

Community Diagnostic Centres will bring significant extra capacity for diagnostic tests to the county at locations outside of the hospital environment.

Access will be through GP referrals, screening programmes, and outpatient appointments, only and will not be available as a walk-in service.

The Kings Heath Community Diagnostic Centre will include:

  • Diagnostic imaging for MRI, CT, Ultrasound and Echocardiogram
  • Consultant examination and assessment rooms
  • A welcoming reception and waiting area
  • Sufficient parking for patients and staff

The aim is for the Kings Heath development to be up and running by Spring 2024

Posted on Monday 13th November 2023
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