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Pioneering ultrasound clinic launches at St George’s Shopping Centre

PUBLISHED: 17:17 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:18 28 November 2017

The launch of a new ultrasound clinic at St George's Shopping Centre, Gravesend. Picture: John Nguyen/JNVisuals

The launch of a new ultrasound clinic at St George's Shopping Centre, Gravesend. Picture: John Nguyen/JNVisuals

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A pioneering clinic offering residents ultrasound scans every day of the week has opened in a shopping centre.

Gravesham MP Adam Holloway was among those to attend the launch of the service in St George’s Shopping Centre, Gravesend, on Friday, November 24.

Any patients requiring an urgent ultrasound scan will be able to seek help at the clinic, as will those referred.

“All involved in this initiative should be applauded,” said Mr Holloway. “This unit will really benefit local people, who will be able to have their ultrasound scans more easily and locally.”

Gail Locock, chief nurse for NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG, added: “Early diagnosis is a key priority for the CCG and for our GP member practices, so in commissioning this service, we look forward to seeing continued benefits for local patients and increased convenience in getting the diagnostic scans they need as quickly as possible.”

A recently published national cancer strategy underlined the importance of GPs being able to easily access diagnostic services for suspected cancer cases.

The St George’s clinic – set to run Monday to Sunday every week – was developed by Physiological Measurements Ltd (PML), the lead provider of referred ultrasound diagnostic tests in the CCG’s area. PML works to take the pressure off hospital-based services by providing community alternatives.

Andrew Honeyman, of PML, said: “We are very excited to have launched the new ultrasound clinic alongside NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG. Our years of experience will deliver a high quality service and we hope that the clinic improves the patient experience.”

Andrew Thomas-Knowles, manager of St George’s Shopping Centre, added: “We are not only physically located in the heart of Gravesend, we also feel that our shopping centre is at the heart of the local community.

“We believe we have a role to serve families across the community, so we could not be happier at being able to provide a pioneering and important service like this.”

To find out more about the clinic and the wider work of the CCG and PML, visit physiologicalmeasurements.com and dartfordgraveshamswanleyccg.nhs.uk.

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