Posted: Mon 9th May 2022

Specialist clinic to cut cancer waiting times coming to North East Wales, health minister confirms

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, May 9th, 2022


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A specialist clinic will be created in North East Wales to cut cancer waiting times and help early diagnosis.

The new Rapid Diagnosis Centre at Wrexham Maelor Hospital will be one of three in north Wales and could help detect early signs of cancer before they develop further.

These RDCs are part of a national programme supporting health boards in Wales to provide GPs with an additional option to investigate vague symptoms that may be caused by cancer.

They can provide quick reassurance to people with no cancer, help to diagnose a range of other chronic health conditions or refer people on for cancer treatment more quickly.

The news, which was confirmed last week by Welsh Government Health Minister Eluned Morgan, has been welcomed by local Members of the Senedd Ken Skates and Lesley Griffiths.

In response to a letter from Mr Skates, the MS for Clwyd South, the minister said: “The introduction of RDCs is an important part of the national approach to improving cancer outcomes. RDCs provide GPs with an additional referral option when they suspect cancer, but the patient does not meet the criteria for a suspected cancer referral.”

Mr Skates said: “This is excellent news for Wrexham. Rapid Diagnosis Centres part of a national programme supporting Welsh health boards to investigate often vague symptoms that may be caused by cancer, and can provide quick reassurance, help diagnose a range of other conditions and refer people on for cancer treatment more quickly if needed.

“One in two people are diagnosed with some form of cancer. I’m delighted that Wrexham will have its own innovative centre to help increase local capacity, speed up diagnosis and reduce anxiety for patients at what will be extremely worrying times in their lives.”

Member of the Senedd for Wrexham, Lesley Griffiths, said: “The Welsh Government is committed to supporting our NHS as it begins to deal with the effects of the pandemic and this latest announcement will certainly be welcomed by Wrexham residents.

“These new clinics aim to provide diagnosis quickly for patients across the region, allowing the appropriate treatments to start sooner and offering greater clarity, certainty and support to people during a particularly overwhelming and stressful period.”

The concept of RDCs was identified by the Wales Cancer Network and previously piloted through Welsh Government funding.

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