£24million works to create Community Diagnostic Centre and Primary Care Facilities at North Wing are welcomed

Councillor Martin Towler

Bedford Borough Council has welcomed the imminent start of work to create the new £24million Community Diagnostic Centre and Primary Care Facilities at Bedford North Wing, on Kimbolton Road.

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced that work to transform Gilbert Hitchcock House into a community diagnostic centre (CDC) will begin later this month, offering a “one-stop shop” for diagnostic tests, checks and scans.

It is expected to be completed in 2026.

There is also a £4million project taking place to develop an Enhanced Services Centre (ESC) at North Wing, which will bring a number of GP practices and community services to the health village.

Councillor Martin Towler, Portfolio Holder for Public Health said; “This promises to offer a substantial boost to health services in Bedfordshire, meaning that patients can access potentially life-saving tests for a wide range of conditions more quickly and more easily.

“This sort of joined-up thinking is key to making healthcare a success in the 21st century, with different providers working together to provide the best possible care.

“North Wing is a site which many Bedfordians will hold close to their heart. I was born there myself, as were most of my children, so it’s great to have it remaining at the heart of healthcare in the Borough.”

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