Planned Coventry health centre could take step forward

The Paybody building in Coventry is set to become a diagnostic centre
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A new Coventry health centre offering "life-saving checks" for locals could soon take a step forward. Plans for work to develop the £14 million facility in the city centre have been lodged with the city council.

The scheme will see NHS offices refurbished to house a 'community diagnostic centre' (CDC) It is due to open in the Paybody building next to the city of Coventry health centre, just north of the ring-road.

NHS Property Services has applied for a certificate of lawful development to change the building's use to a medical centre. They have also applied for permission to carry out works needed for the new centre including changes to the outside of the building.

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Both applications were sent in last month and are yet to be decided by the council. The offices have been empty since late November 2023, plans say.

The new centre is due to open in April 2025. It will see around 90,000 patients per year and focus on testing for heart and lung problems as well as diagnosing cancers, councillors heard at a meeting last year.

It will have high-tech equipment such as MRI and CT scanners, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust said in a news release last year.

Trust CEO Professor Andy Hardy said at the time: "Once opened, patients referred to UHCW will be able to get life-saving checks closer to home, without the need to attend our main acute hospital site which in turn will reduce their waiting times and improve experiences and outcomes.

"This activity forms part of our wider commitment to improving health inequalities and ensuring that everyone has easy access to the care they need."

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