People living in north Essex are now able to access a full range of fast, convenient health tests closer to home after the final service opened at Clacton Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC).
The CDC welcomed its first endoscopy patients on Monday (8 January). The milestone marked the full opening of the centre, which has been developed at Clacton Hospital over the past two years thanks to an investment of £25m.
The CDC is now able to offer a full range of diagnostic services, including CT and MRI scans, x-rays, ultrasounds, blood tests and cardio-respiratory checks, such as lung function tests, echocardiograms and ECGs. The refurbishment has also seen modern changing rooms and comfortable waiting areas created in a welcoming and bright environment ideal for 21st century healthcare.
The final piece of the jigsaw will see up to 30 extra spaces added to the existing car park, which is due for completion later in the spring.
“We are really pleased that the final services have now opened and we are able to offer a full range of fast, convenient tests to people in north Essex,” said Steve Burnett, operational manager for the CDC.
“The feedback we’ve received so far has been amazing. Patients tell us they really appreciate the fact they no longer need to travel to Colchester, while our staff thoroughly enjoy working in bright, modern surroundings with state-of-the-art equipment.
“The CDC is also bringing benefits across the whole of ESNEFT, as it gives us the flexibility to offer appointments to patients from Ipswich and east Suffolk where necessary, in turn reducing waiting times for these important diagnostic tests.”
The CDC project was made possible by a partnership of ESNEFT, GP Primary Choice Ltd, Community Voluntary Service Tendring, Tendring District Council, Essex County Council, NHSPS and Alliance Medical.
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