NHS England are introducing “one-stop shops” aimed at speeding up cancer diagnosis across England.
The aim of these centres is to catch the disease earlier and prevent patients from being referred for several tests for a variety of conditions, which often results in delays in diagnosis, especially if patients have non-specific symptoms.
This “step change” in the way people with suspected cancer are diagnosed and treated could help to save lives, and was first developed in Denmark.
NHS England are introducing 10 specialist rapid diagnostic and assessment centres where patients will receive all the necessary investigations under one roof.
Cally Palmer, national director for cancer at NHS England, says the new centres could play a key role in improving diagnosis and treatment.
“Early diagnosis is crucial to saving lives and providing peace of mind for patients, which is why we are driving forward plans to revolutionise our approach to cancer in this country,” she said.
“These new one-stop shops represent a real step change in the way people with unclear symptoms are identified, diagnosed and treated.”