The Royal College of General Practitioners has welcomed the NHS England plans to pilot one-stop clinics for cancer diagnosis and assessment.
On Tuesday (April 3), NHS England announced that rapid diagnostic and assessment centres are being piloted in 10 centres around the country. Each centre will operate in a different way to ensure the needs of the local community are met. The centres selected for the pilot programme are:
- North Middlesex University Hospital
- University College London Hospital
- Southend University Hospital
- Queens Hospital
- Royal Free Hospital
- St James University Hospital
- Airedale General Hospital
- University Hospital South Manchester
- Royal Oldham Hospital
- Churchill Hospital
Commenting on the announcement, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, RCGP Chair, said: "Any initiative that improves diagnosis of cancer should be welcomed, and it is great to see investment being put into initiatives, such as these new 'one stop' clinics that promise to speed up diagnosis for patients with cancer.
"We hope this pilot is a success, and if it is that is rolled out widely across the country so that patients can benefit from these centres wherever they live - this would then help in reaching the Faster Diagnosis Standard, one of the goals of the current national cancer plan. But as with any pilot, it is essential that the scheme is rigorously evaluated to ensure that new centres can cope with demand, and that it is beneficial for patients, and the wider NHS,” she said.