This week the new one-stop cardiology service opened at the Community Diagnostic Centre.
The service provides the full range of support for patients needing cardiology diagnostics and outpatient care, including echo-electrocardiogram (ECG), fitting of wearable blood pressure monitors and consultant appointments.
Professor Nikhil Patel, Consultant Cardiologist, said: “The one-stop service means that patients can get all their cardiac diagnostics done easily in one place, close to where they live. It’s more convenient for patients and reduces pressure at our hospitals.”
The Community Diagnostic Centre, which was featured by the BBC earlier this week, is fully operational and open five days a week. Diagnostic services available at the centre include cardiac diagnostics, x-rays, echo-ECGs, ultrasound, lung function and phlebotomy, as well as MRI and CT scans on a rotational basis.
“The patient feedback for the services that we have at the CDC has been really good,” explains Stef Burcombe, Programme Manager, Core Services Division. “Patients find it easier to park and a lot quicker and more convenient than travelling to our main hospital sites.”
Image L-R: Jules Lovell, Principal Cardiac Physiologist, Professor Nikhil Patel, Consultant Cardiologist, Stef Burcombe, Programme Manager, Core Services Division.