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Building work underway on new community diagnostic centre

Work to develop a new community diagnostic centre (CDC) at Metrocentre in Gateshead is now underway.  

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle Hospitals are working in partnership on this exciting project which will create a modern, state-of-the-art environment for patients, carers and staff.   

The CDC will provide imaging, respiratory investigations and cardiac investigations with the centre designed to create capacity for these services that are seeing increased referrals. It is an important step in providing improved access to screening and diagnostic services outside of a hospital setting for the people of Gateshead and Newcastle.  

Funding for the centre was announced earlier this year and once open it will offer 145,000 appointments per year and create 134 jobs.   

A steel signing ceremony has been held to mark the start of work on the centre.  

Trudie Davies, chief executive for Gateshead Health and Sir Jim Mackey, chief executive of Newcastle Hospitals said: “We are delighted to see work progressing on the new community diagnostic centre at Metrocentre. This collaborative effort between Gateshead Health and Newcastle Hospitals signifies our commitment to enhancing healthcare services for our communities. The centre will meet the growing demand for diagnostic services that are easy for people to visit, as well as creating many employment opportunities. It will be a great service for the residents of Gateshead and Newcastle.”