Millions of patients will benefit from earlier diagnostic tests thanks to 40 new community diagnostic centres set to open across England in a range of settings from local shopping centres to football stadiums.

The new one-stop-shops for checks, scans and tests will be backed by a £350 million investment from government to provide around 2.8 million scans in the first full year of operation.

GPs will be able to refer patients to a centre so they can access life-saving checks closer to home and be diagnosed for a range of conditions, rather than travelling to hospital. This will be more convenient for patients, more efficient and more resilient to the risk of cancelled tests in hospitals due to COVID-19.

The centres will be staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of staff including nurses and radiographers and are open 7 days a week and will begin providing services over the next 6 months, with some already up and running, and will be fully operational by March 2022. For further information about the location of these centres, including the one in Dorset, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/40-community-diagnostic-centres-launching-across-england.