Launch of The Mile End Early Diagnosis Centre: Progress update for info only


Launch of The Mile End Early Diagnosis Centre: Progress update for info only

Barts Health, Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge University Trust, and Homerton University Hospital have been working in partnership together to create a new, innovative Early Diagnosis Centre at Mile End Hospital.

This formally opened for patients on Monday 22 March. Please view our short film introducing the new facilities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30HdpFJtl0M

Please note that the Mile End Early Diagnosis Centre is not currently for direct referrals from primary care, but the decant from the acute sites should ensure better capacity for direct access across north east London.

The Mile End Early Diagnosis Centre is one of the first of its kind nationally. Its focus is to improve early diagnosis across the whole of north east London by having dedicated cancer surveillance capacity as well as the close monitoring of patients with conditions that increase their risk of developing cancer.

It supports the system across north east London through providing additional capacity in-hours, with the development of two endoscopy suites. This is in addition to two ultrasound rooms which are already up and running, co-located with an existing CT scanner. We are looking to add additional diagnostic capabilities to fully align to the Community Diagnostic Hub model. An MRI suite is planned for 2022. 

The key aim for the Mile End Early Diagnosis Centre is to provide person-centred care, reducing variation across NEL and ensuring a high-quality diagnostic service for local people. 

Patients selected for the Mile End Early Diagnosis Centre are low procedural risk, as there is no dedicated resuscitation service on site, but all colleagues are trained and there are consultants on site. 

Therefore, at this stage, we are not asking GPs to do anything differently, we just wanted to make you aware of the facility which is opening and to be aware that patients being asked to come in for regular surveillance may be asked to attend services at Mile End in the future. 

Information for patients, including an introduction video with subtitles in English, Urdu, Gujarati and Bengali is available on our patient information web pages.

If you have any questions on the Mile End Early Diagnosis Centre, please contact:

Carlos Simontellez, Associate General Manager: carlos.simontellez@nhs.net
Paul Thomas, Communications and Engagement Manager: p.thomas6@nhs.net