A new diagnostic centre offering X-rays, MRI, CT, ultrasound, ECHO and DEXA scanning to patients across Gloucestershire is set to open in the centre of Gloucester later this year.

The £15m Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) was the first in the South West to be approved by NHS England, which meant that work on the County Council owned building in Quayside got underway in late 2022, with Kier as the construction contractor.

One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) partners are working together to oversee the development which will provide patients with the diagnostic tests they need in a convenient location, quickly, and in the fewest possible number of visits.

The centre will help the county’s two main hospitals by reducing the number of diagnostic appointments they provide. This will enable busy hospital staff who are facing high levels of need to focus on providing acute care and should lead to fewer cancelled appointments for patients.

The new centre will open in phases, with CT and MRI services operational in the summer and a full range of service available early next year.