£80m diagnostic facility for West Middlesex Hospital given final approval

Image above: Impression of the new diagnostic centre; via Aecom

State of the art facility will improve cancer and kidney disease treatment

An £80 million diagnostic centre, due to be constructed within the grounds of the West Middlesex University Hospital, has cleared its final administrative hurdle, and the start of construction is expected soon.

The Ambulatory Diagnostic Centre (ADC), a state-of-the-art facility proposed by the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, secured planning permission over a year ago, but has been waiting for the approval of its Final Business Case by the North West London Acute Provider Collaborative Board in Common.

With the necessary green light now obtained, construction is expected to start this spring, with a target date for completion by summer 2026. Positioned on the site currently hosting ant MRI and renal unit with drop-off facilities alongside, the five-storey building will offer crucial diagnostic and treatment services in cancer, renal, and imaging fields.

The Trust hopes the centre will ‘mitigate health disparities, bolster patient outcomes, and decentralise care provision’, alleviating pressure on the main hospital’s inpatient services.

New facility will mean twice the number of patients can be seen

It will house an array of diagnostic equipment including four X-Ray machines, seven ultrasound scanners, three MRI, and two CT scanners, alongside 24 dialysis spaces and 18 chemotherapy bays and it will represent a significant expansion of local healthcare capacity. The Trust anticipates a doubling of service capacity through the centre.

This landmark £80 million initiative, hailed as the Trust’s most extensive capital project to date, incorporates a £16.5 million capital grant from NHS England. Designed to accommodate outpatient care and furnish day services, the centre is expected to operate approximately 12 hours daily, six days a week.

Lesley Watts CBE, Chief Executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“I’m delighted that this new diagnostic centre at West Middlesex Hospital will bring care closer to home for hundreds of thousands of local residents. Thanks to this investment, we will speed up diagnosis and treatment helping improve outcomes for patients in our community for years to come.”

Meanwhile, the Trust’s official charity, CW+, has began a fundraising campaign targeting £1.5 million in donations to augment the facility’s amenities.