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“One stop shop” diagnostic services in the community are needed to clear backlog

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3855 (Published 02 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m3855
  1. Emma Wilkinson
  1. Sheffield, UK

A radical overhaul of diagnostic services is needed in England to provide quick access to scans and tests during and after the covid-19 pandemic, report commissioned by the NHS has concluded.

Community diagnostic hubs for cancer, cardiac, respiratory, and other conditions should be set up as “one stop shops” away from acute hospitals and kept as clear of covid-19 as possible, said Mike Richards, the NHS’s first cancer tsar and the former Care Quality Commission chief inspector of hospitals.

Emergency and elective testing should also be kept separate to prevent hold-ups for patients, he said in a review of diagnostic services as part of the NHS plan …

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