A total of 40 new diagnostic centers will be opened in England to ease the burden on the NHS, the Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) said
The venues, which will be housed in places like shopping malls and soccer stadiums, will allow thousands of patients to go for scans and tests without hospitalization.
Hopefully the sites will help reduce the NHS waiting lists, which stood at 5.6 million people at the end of July, the highest since records began in August 2007.
The centers are receiving £ 350 million government funding to enable them to perform 2.8 million scans in the first year.
A community diagnostic center will open at the Barnsley Glassworks, while another will be located at the Falmer Community Stadium in Brighton.
The services of the 40 facilities include MRI, X-ray, CT and ultrasound examinations.
Announcing the decision, Health Minister Sajid Javid said, “Dealing with waiting lists requires new and more innovative ways to deliver the services people need. That’s why we’re making it easier and more convenient to get checked out.
“Our new Community Diagnostic Centers will bring these critical tests closer to home, including the communities that need them most. They will help make it possible to diagnose earlier so that we can spot cancer and other problems as quickly as possible and save more lives. “
Amanda Pritchard, executive director of the NHS, also welcomed the move, saying the locations would play an important role in “ultimately saving more patients and families the pain and trauma of disease.”
Professor Sir Mike Richards, who recommended the new diagnostic model in a government report last year, said he was “absolutely delighted” that his advice was becoming a reality “so quickly”.
“I have no doubt that many people will benefit from these new NHS Community Diagnostic Centers, which will bring many tests together in one convenient place,” he said.
The facilities will open their doors in the next six months and will be fully operational by March.