Plans to ensure patients receive earlier diagnosis and treatment in North Wales have led to the development of potential Regional Treatment Centers (RTCs).
The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has confirmed that it is currently developing the idea which will be submitted to the Welsh Government for review and approval.
They will provide services to patients on an urgent cancer journey, as well as those who may have vague symptoms but need access to appropriate diagnostics and clinical information. The RTCs will also provide outpatient services to patients requiring outpatient diagnosis and treatment.
Although the locations of these new RTCs have not yet been determined, the health board says it is committed to ensuring good engagement and communication with the public in North Wales as the plans are developing.
They will communicate with patients, parents and stakeholders to share more information about this major new development in healthcare.
Gill Harris, Acting Chief Executive, said: “We are developing plans to ensure patients receive earlier diagnosis and treatment by establishing a new Regional Treatment Center (RTC) model to provide outpatient appointments, diagnostic tests and day surgery.
“The centre(s) will develop new pathways to transform planned care services, improve the quality of outpatient care and speed of access, and service resilience and efficiency.
“Services will also be provided to patients undergoing urgent cancer treatment, as well as those who may have vague symptoms but need access to appropriate diagnostics and clinical information. Outpatient services for patients requiring outpatient diagnosis and treatment will also be offered.
“We are currently carrying out detailed work to develop a strong business case which, when completed, will be submitted to the Welsh Government for review and approval. The business case will allow us to explore a range of options in terms of number, scale and location of RTCs. »
North Wales MS Sam Rowlands welcomed the development and said: ‘I am delighted to hear that the North Wales Health Board is preparing a business case to set up centers in my area to transform care services planned.
“The RTC proposals, which are also being considered in England, will also help to speed up access to care and improve transport services for patients, which is badly needed in my region.
“I support any initiative that will ultimately lead to a better NHS service for people in North Wales and welcome this latest initiative.”