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The Oldham centre is one of the first of a £350m national programme lined up for delivery. Credit: Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

Salmon Fields selected for £4.5m NHS centre

Neil Tague

The Royton business park is to house a community diagnostics centre, which is due to open in spring 2022.

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust said that the £4.5m investment will benefit patients across the whole Oldham area with earlier diagnostic testing closer to home.

Planning consent still needs to be secured for the project. The Trust hopes that this will be concluded in the next two months.

The Trust said that it had collaborated with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Oldham Council and NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group to receive a share of the £350m national investment fund to create one of 40 new Community Diagnostic Centres across England.

The new one-stop-shops for checks, scans and tests will provide a combined 2.8m scans across England in their first full year of operation, with an estimated 30,000 patients seen at the Oldham facility.

Barney Schofield, director of planning and delivery for Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospital and community services in Oldham as well as Bury, Rochdale and Salford, said: “Our local teams have already made great progress in ramping scans and tests back up to pre-pandemic levels, and this new investment will help us go even further – while also providing a more convenient option for patients.”

“The Community Diagnostic Centre in Oldham will be one of the very first in the region and one of the most innovative schemes in England.

“It will help to make diagnostic tests more convenient, with shorter waits and give us better ability to deliver multiple tests on the same day, away from our main hospital sites. Ultimately our ambition is to diagnose disease at an earlier stage of progression, where chances of successful treatment are improved.”

In the first phase, the Oldham site will be able to provide a full range of diagnostic imaging technology and lung tests. And through collaboration with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, the facility will also provide patients with access to PET-CT scans, which they currently have to travel to either South Manchester or Wigan to access.

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