New ‘one stop shops’ for cancer to speed up diagnosis and save lives
New 'one stop shops' designed to speed-up cancer diagnosis and help save lives are being rolled out across the country.
Rapid diagnostic and assessment centres are being piloted in ten areas as part of NHS England's drive to catch cancer early and speed up diagnosis for people with cancer.
Each of the centres will operate in a different way to ensure they meet the needs of their local communities. However, all have the same purpose – to diagnose cancers early in people who do not have 'alarm symptoms' for a specific type of cancer.
People with vague, non-specific symptoms, such as unexplained weight loss, appetite loss or abdominal pain are often referred multiple times for different tests for different cancers, but these new centres will help end this cycle.
If a GP or other healthcare professional suspect cancer, they will now be able to refer to a one stop shop where all the necessary investigations can be done under one roof.
Some patients will receive a definitive diagnosis or all clear on the same day, while others will need to undergo further assessment, but can generally expect a diagnosis within two weeks of their first appointment.