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NHS testing unit to open up in Hinckley providing early diagnosis for multiple illnesses including Cancer

Posted on November 2022 By Aaliyah Borgia

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A new testing unit in Hinckley is set to provide early diagnosis for Cancer as all as other illnesses. The town’s district hospital has been selected to house a new NHS community diagnostic centre where MRI, CT and ultrasound scans can be carried out. Blood tests can also be carried out at this centre.

The Hinckley and District Hospital is one of 40 clinics opening up across England as part of the government’s £350 million investment. The aim of this clinic is to give patients a more accessible way of getting health checks such as scans and tests.

The Government have expressed that it will offer "easier, faster, and more direct access to the full range of diagnostic tests needed to understand patients' symptoms such as the early stages of cancer.” This method also plans to decrease the long waiting lists throughout all hospitals in the UK due to the pandemic that occurred at the beginning of 2020.

General Practitioners will also have the option to refer patients for “life-saving checks closer to home.” The unit will be staffed by a "multi-disciplinary team" including radiographers and nurses. The unit will also be open seven days a week.

The MP for Bosworth, Dr Luke Evans has been an impassioned supporter of the proposal and expressed this after writing to the Secretary of State for Health, Steve Barclay. He said, "I am absolutely delighted to have supported the bid by Hinckley and District Hospital and to hear that their application for a Community Diagnostic Centre in Hinckley has been successful," said Dr Evans. "This is fantastic news for our community and, given healthcare in our area is an issue I am frequently contacted about, I know that the CDC unit will be welcomed by people in Hinckley and neighbouring villages."

"Bringing MRI facilities, CT scans and the ability to conduct blood testing in Hinckley will save local people time and bolster healthcare provisions in our area," said the MP, who added: "I've already heard from the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care Board (LLR ICB) and am pleased to hear they are moving quickly on this and will be providing the opportunity to all constituents to be involved in developing the plans."