The NHS will receive £248 million from the Government to digitise diagnostics care using the latest technology

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The NHS will receive almost £250 million over the next year to invest in technology that will deliver more diagnostic tests, checks, and scans. This will help provide faster diagnosis of health conditions leading to earlier treatment and reduced waiting lists.

Diagnostic tests are crucial to providing early diagnosis, screening, and monitoring of long-term conditions, and are often the first step to understanding the right care and treatment for a patient. Improving diagnostics services is vital to tackling the overall NHS backlog and reducing waiting times for cancer services and other treatments.

A new tool to help GPs

Diagnostics services across the NHS will be digitalised using the latest technology to improve the way tests, images, and results can be shared across computer systems in hospitals, labs, and GP surgeries.

The funding will provide a new tool to help GPs and other clinicians choose the most suitable scan for their patient, based on the patient’s symptoms and medical history. This will cut inappropriate requests made to radiology departments; saving radiologists’ time and ensuring patients get the right scans at the right time.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS medical director, said: ‘The NHS is facing a winter like no other, with rising cases of COVID and flu as well as record demand for emergency services—all while we continue to deliver the biggest vaccination programme in health service history, including rolling out booster jabs for the most vulnerable.

‘However, NHS staff are making efficient use of additional funding, and following the recent rollout of new diagnostic centres, the number of patients waiting for a diagnostic test is falling for the first time in a year; meaning more people are getting the checks they need and, if required, are able to begin treatment sooner.’


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