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Community Diagnostic Centres

Checked: 15-03-2024 by 5 Rob Adams Next Review: 15-03-2026

Overview

Thousands more diagnostic tests will be available for NHS patients in BNSSG, with the opening of two new Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) in April 2024.

CDCs will be delivered in partnership with:

  • InHealth (formerly PRIME Endoscopy)
  • University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
  • North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT)

Referral pathways for diagnostic tests will remain unchanged.

 

North Bristol CDC

The North Bristol CDC will be based at Cribbs Causeway, next to Asda. Services will initially be provided from mobile units at the site before moving into the permanent building later in 2024.

The following services will be provided by InHealth staff:

  • Endoscopy (excluding Urgent Suspected Cancer (USC) referrals) -  continue to request in the usual way using the appropriate BNSSG standard referral forms as outlined on the Endoscopy page. The BNSSG endoscopy forms are also available in EMIS. Older or obsolete forms should no longer be used. The Prime Millenium square endoscopy site will no longer be available.
  • CT scans
  • MRI scans
  • X-Ray - plain films
  • Ultrasound
  • Echocardiography - see ECHO - requesting page for referral criteria
  • Respiratory Physiology tests - see Spirometry and Lung Function Tests for referral criteria.

 

Weston CDC

The CDC in Weston will be based at the For All Healthy Living Centre on Lonsdale Avenue, BS23 3SJ.

The following investigations should be requested in the usual way. The services will be provided by InHealth staff:

UHBW staff will also be utilising space within the CDC to operate some additional services. For the 2024/2025 year this will be

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Blood Pressure (BP) ambulatory monitoring
  • Sleep Studies - referral restrictions apply as detailed on the Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) page.


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