What are Community Diagnostic Centres and why are they needed?

Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) provide a broad range of diagnostics (including checks, scans and tests) outside of an acute hospital setting.

Where will the Community Diagnostic Centres be in West Yorkshire?

Initial plans for the centres in West Yorkshire are underway but the proposals will continue to change and adapt to make sure that they meet the needs of people in each of our five places of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield.

Across West Yorkshire, we have plans to deliver 3 larger centres (or hubs) which would be supported by several smaller centres (or spokes). These would be spread across the region and would be supported with investment for at least the next three years.

As part of the process, we have considered the practicality of the proposed models in each of the five areas to see what diagnostic support is needed to meet local population need. Based on this work, which is still subject to funding approval, we aim to provide diagnostics centres in Armley, Beeston, Eccleshill, Halifax, Huddersfield, Seacroft, and Wakefield.

When will Community Diagnostic Centres be opening in West Yorkshire?

There will be a phased approach to the delivery of community diagnostic facilities over the next three years, and activity will begin to be delivered during 2023/24..

What are the next steps for Community Diagnostic Centres?

The introduction of the centres in West Yorkshire presents many opportunities for those who work in them and those who use their services.

Plans are underway to support workforce, delivery of diagnostic tests and pathways and digital connectivity (for example around sharing images and booking between sites) for Community Diagnostic Centres. Specifically, there will be the opportunity to:

  • enhance established and also implement new models of care
  • personalise patient experience by providing a single point of access to a range of services in the community
  • deliver technological innovation and digital connectivity across the CDCs and;
  • partner with other organisations, such as the independent sector and universities, in order to deliver services and training opportunities. 

How will stakeholders be kept informed?

Work has already begun on keeping our stakeholders informed and involved in the development of local and system Community Diagnostic Centre plans.  Further communication will be undertaken as plans develop.

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