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The Richards Report

National Guidance:
The Richards Report

Millions of patients will benefit from earlier diagnostic tests closer to home thanks to 40 new community diagnostic centres opening across England in a range of settings from local shopping centres to football stadiums. The new CDC’s will be backed with a £350m investment from government to provide 2.8m scans in the first full year of operation.

CDC’s will help achieve:

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A contribution towards the NHS’s net zero ambitions by providing multiple tests in one visits, reducing the number of patient journeys.

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Earlier diagnoses and more direct across to the full range of diagnostic tests to understand patients symptoms.

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A reduction in waits by diverting patients away from hospitals, allowing them to treat urgent patients while the CDCs focus on tackling the backlog.

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A reduction in hospital visits.

Key Actions Defined by
the Richards Report

Acute and elective diagnostics should be separated wherever possible to increase efficiency.
 

Diagnostic services should be organised so that as far as possible patients only have to attend once and, where appropriate, they should be tested for Covid-19 before diagnostic tests are undertaken.

Community diagnostic centres should be established away from acute hospital sites and kept as clear of Covid-19 as possible.

Acute diagnostic services (for A&E and inpatient care) should be improved so that patients who require CT scanning or ultrasound from A&E can be imaged without delay. Inpatients needing CT or MRI should be able to be scanned on the day of request.

Community phlebotomy services should be improved, so that all patients can have blood samples taken close to their homes, at least six days a week, without needing to come to acute hospitals.

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