Health Secretary visits Barking Community Hospital

Mick Ferris

Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care visited the Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) at Barking Community Hospital (BCH) today to see how additional diagnostic equipment is helping treat patients faster.

Mr Javid spent time speaking with staff and he saw the mobile CT and MRI scanners, ultrasound facilities and X-ray machines which have helped reduce the number of patients waiting more than a year from 2,430 at the end of March 2021 to 959 at the end of December last year.

CDCs are a national programme, set up to ensure patients have access to planned diagnostic care nearer to home without the need to attend acute hospital sites.

Over the next few years, CDCs will improve health outcomes, increase diagnostic capacity, contribute to reducing health inequalities, deliver a better and more personalised patient experience and support integrated primary, community and secondary care.

Chief executive Matthew Trainer said: “It was fantastic to show the Health Secretary our seven days a week community diagnostic centre at Barking Community Hospital. Mr Javid saw how our trust is working with colleagues in north east London, as one NHS team, to provide residents with additional diagnostic services.”

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Mick Ferris

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