Community Diagnostic Centres

Yesterday the government announced that the target to open 160 community diagnostic centres will be met one year early, as we invest in the long-term future of our NHS and cut waiting lists.

  • Millions of patients are already benefitting from earlier diagnostic tests closer to home thanks to the rollout of 127 new community diagnostic centres, delivering more than five million additional tests, checks and scans across England.
  • That is why the government has accelerated the opening of further community diagnostic centres, meeting our target to open 160 centres by March 2024 – a year earlier than the original March 2025 target. Backed by £2.3 billion in capital funding, the programme is largest central cash investment in MRI and CT scanning capacity in the history of the NHS. 
  • We are continuing to invest in the long-term future of our NHS as we speed up access to potentially lifesaving tests and checks and help cut waiting lists. 


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