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Early diagnosis centre open for Queen’s and King George hospital’s patients

Ann with staff at the new facility in Mile End Hospital (Credit: BHRUT)

An early diagnosis centre for people living with conditions that could cause cancer is now available to patients from Queen’s and King George hospitals. 

Ann, 84, from Dagenham, was the first patient from Queen’s Hospital to use the facility in Mile End Hospital. 

She had a colonoscopy at site on Thursday, 29 April and said the facilities felt “great” and “very luxurious”. 

“It was spotlessly clean, felt very relaxed and I even had my own room,” she added. “The staff were also brilliant. They fell over backwards just to make sure I was okay. 

“I usually have the procedure at Queen’s Hospital but I was offered the chance to have it done at the EDC and would only have to wait one week, which I was really happy about.”

The early diagnosis centre is one of the first of its kind in the country. People living with conditions that can cause cancer will be invited to the site for regular screenings. 

It is expected to carry out 16,500 procedures over the next year.

A variety of procedures will be done by specialist cancer clinicians including endoscopies, ultrasounds and CT scans. MRIs are planned for 2022.

Three hospital trusts, including the one behind Queen’s Hospital, have worked together to set up the centre. 

It also has a number of measure in place to keep people safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Patients are tested before their appointment and their temperatures are checked on arrival.  

Speaking about the measures in place, Ann said: “Although I’ve been vaccinated, I felt very safe at the EDC because of the different checks. I also had a Covid-19 test 72 hours before my appointment to make sure I didn’t have the infection.

“The biggest compliment I can give the Mile End EDC is if I had to have a colonoscopy again, I’d like to go back and I would also recommend it to my loved ones.”

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