Community diagnostic services
Patients across Lancashire and South Cumbria are benefiting from earlier diagnostic testing thanks to collaborative working across health.
Four new community diagnostic centres have already opened, working to boost the number of checks, scans, and tests which were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The next stage in the programme, which will be operational in 2022, is the purchasing of three new mobile imaging units. These will be able to move to wherever the need is greatest, offering a more equitable service to patients, no matter where they live.
Diana Rosof-Williams, LSC DIN Clinical Director for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Diagnostic Imaging Network, said: “These developments – which benefit patients across the whole of Lancashire and South Cumbria – are only possible because the trusts and primary care are working collaboratively to plan and manage the service.”
A longer-term programme involves the review of diagnostic clinical pathways to ensure consistency across Lancashire and South Cumbria, in line with clinical best practice. This work is being overseen by the Community Diagnostic Centre Steering Group which includes representatives from the acute trusts, primary care and community services.
More information about the community diagnostic centres is here: Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership :: Community diagnostic centres already open in Lancashire and South Cumbria (healthierlsc.co.uk)