Improving patient access to essential diagnostic services.
Updated: Feb 9
A new Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC), located at the Finchley Memorial Hospital in Barnet, North London, has significantly improved patient access to essential diagnostic services during a time when there is a rising demand. By the end of March 2022, the CDC at Finchley Memorial Hospital is expected to have conducted over 40,000 diagnostic tests.
The CDC provides additional testing capacity on a site that does not have the COVID-19 risks incumbent in Acute Hospital sites, nor the worry for some patients that attending those settings incurs.
The Finchley Memorial Hospital site was identified as a preferred location for the new CDC following a detailed analysis of local health, demand, current service backlog and system performance by partners from across the ICS. North London Estate Partnerships, worked closely with NCL and Community Health Partnerships (CHP), as the head tenant for the site, Royal Free as the CDC host and gbpartnerships consult to deliver the project.
The service aims to not only support elective recovery but also relieve pressure on acute sites by reducing inpatient stays as patients are better able to receive their diagnostic test in hospital on the day of request instead of waiting up to 48 hours.
Finchley Memorial Hospital CDC is one of two CDC’s making up a coherent population health strategic approach to CDC placements in North Central London, the second being at Wood Green.
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