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Construction of Community Diagnostic Centre progresses

Construction of the new Community Diagnostic Centre at Andover War Memorial Hospital is well underway.

The Andover Community Diagnostic Centre (ACDC) will bring additional diagnostic services to the population of this town, including ultrasound, endoscopy, physiological measurement (cardiology and respiratory) and MRI, and will help to modernise the much-loved hospital through new and expanded facilities.

Following important enabling works in early 2023, the team have been hard at work transforming the old maternity unit into a state-of-the-art ultrasound facility. The steelworks have already taken place, and the team are now taking the next steps to transform the space and install new equipment, ready to begin patient care later this year.

Further works are scheduled including the expansion of endoscopy theatres, and some services have already been re-provided and are getting ready to open to our patients – including cardiology and lung function.

The team recently welcomed Professor Sir Mike Richards to Andover to tour the site and see the work happening to turn this new service for patients in Hampshire into a reality.

Alex Whitfield, chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospitals in Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester, said: “We were delighted to welcome Professor Sir Mike Richards to Andover to see the progress already made to create the ACDC, and talk to our expert teams who will deliver these services.

“Everyone at Hampshire Hospitals was so excited to share the work we have been doing and cannot wait until we can fully open the ACDC to provide even better care and greater access to scans and tests to the local community.

“Our teams are working incredibly hard to open the doors to the diagnostic centre as quickly as possible, and we apologise for any noise or disruption whilst these works take place.”

Professor Sir Mike Richards added: “It was wonderful to see the progress made and am looking forward to hearing more about this centre as it develops. Having spent the day at the community diagnostic centres in both Andover and Lymington, I am truly impressed with what is being done.”

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