Thurrock has been chosen as the first place in mid and south Essex to receive a Community Diagnostic Centre, which will be placed on the Thurrock Community Hospital site.
The centres are part of a national initiative to support faster diagnosis and access to tests and scans closer to home. The centre, which is due to open in 2024 will provide a CT Scanner, X-ray, Blood Tests, Ultrasound, MRI Scans and also heart and lung diagnostic tests.
The centre is the first of a number of centres planned for wider mid and south Essex area.
The first engagement events will be held on Wednesday 18 January 2023 from 2pm to 4pm, and from 6pm to 8pm at Headon Hall, 18 Crawford Ave, Grays RM16 2AS. This is a drop in for residents to see the plans and speak to health and care representatives about what the centres will offer.
“We are delighted to be awarded funding to build this centre in Thurrock on behalf of the Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System. Thurrock was chosen as the first site as it has some challenges with access to tests and diagnostics. The CDC programme is part of a national initiative to improve better access to diagnostic tests and therefore improve health outcomes.
“There will be a period of public engagement as we go through the planning process and we hope people will be very interested to hear about the plans and give us their thoughts.”Qaiser Malik, Clinical Director and Consultant Radiologist at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is leading on the programme with the Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System (MSEICS). The MSEICS has a wider estates programme, which is looking to enhance and increase health and care facilities for local people.