Scunthorpe community health centre that will have almost 150,000 appointments a year gets go-ahead

A new health centre has been approved in the heart of Scunthorpe that will provide almost 150,000 health checks a year.

Scunthorpe‘s community diagnostics centre (CDC) will be located on what is currently a council-owned car park in Lindum Street. Construction will begin on Monday, September 18.

The centre will offer patients tests for a range of conditions, such as cancer, heart and lung disease. The two-storey building will also have an ambulance drop-off area and roof shrubbery for summer cooling and shade.

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Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLAG) had already secured £19.4m in funding to build the CDC. Residents will be able to get X-rays, MRI, ultrasound, and CT scans and it is expected to be open next summer.

The centre is close to Scunthorpe’s bus station and next to the multi-storey car park, which will offer free two hour parking to patients right next to the health centre. It is only part of the ground-level outdoor car park that is being built on. The multi-storey car park’s Lindum Street entrance will close, but it will otherwise remain open as normal.

Patients will be referred to the centre by their GP or consultant. It will operate in parallel to existing diagnostic departments at Scunthorpe General Hospital for inpatients and those requiring emergency tests. Overall, the new facility will offer capacity for an additional 146,000 appointments a year.

Artist's impression of the £19.4m community diagnostics centre
Artist’s impression of the £19.4m community diagnostics centre

Disabled parking bays will be available inside the multi-storey, with extra bays added through the duration of the works. Blue badge holders can park all day for free in all of North Lincolnshire Council‘s car parks, not just in allocated disabled bays.

When plans first emerged there was some criticism of the location, with concerns about loss of parking spaces and a belief among some that the conversion of an empty building would have been better. The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) understands other sites were considered for the CDC originally.

However, a combination of costs, aimed time to be up and running, and the suitability of empty buildings to be able to be converted to hold the likes of MRI equipment, led to the council-owned site close to the bus station being favoured.

Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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