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Livingstone Hospital in Dartford has welcomed the opening of a new temporary community diagnostic centre (CDC). This comes after the hospital received a portion of the government’s £2.3 billion investment fund to improve healthcare facilities in Dartford, Gravesham, and Swanley. The new CDC is part of a larger initiative to reduce NHS waiting times and provide better access to healthcare for the local community.

Although the revamped centre has been in operation since November, it was officially launched last week (May 24). The Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust hosted a special event at the site, with Professor Sir Mike Richards as the guest of honor. Sir Mike is credited with developing the concept of CDCs in 2020 and has been a driving force behind the expansion of diagnostic services and a new model of service delivery.

Steve Fenlon, deputy chief executive officer for the trust, expressed his excitement about the project coming to fruition and welcoming Sir Mike Richards to open the new facility. He also highlighted the trust’s commitment to providing exceptional diagnostic services to the local community and the anticipated completion of a permanent CDC in spring 2025.

The temporary CDC at Livingstone Hospital offers a range of diagnostic tests, including ultrasound checks, blood tests, and CT and MRI scans. This will help free up vital resources for emergency and acute care at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford. The government plans to open 160 new CDCs across the country by 2025, with the aim of reducing NHS waiting lists and providing patients with a one-stop-shop for a variety of diagnostic tests closer to home.

The opening of the temporary community diagnostic centre at Livingstone Hospital is a significant step towards improving healthcare in Dartford, Gravesham, and Swanley. It is a testament to the commitment of the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust to providing high-quality healthcare services to the local community. The trust looks forward to the completion of the permanent facility, which will further enhance the diagnostic capabilities and improve healthcare access for residents.

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