THE second phase of Barnsley’s NHS diagnostic hub in the Glass Works is now complete - and it’s been deemed a success by health bosses who say it’s cut waiting times across the board.

Phase one of the hub opened in the Glass Works in April 2022.

It provides many of Barnsley Hospital’s outpatient diagnostic appointments on a pre-arranged basis and is conveniently located in the heart of Barnsley town centre.

The centre provides vital services such as breast screening, bone density screening, blood tests, ultrasounds and X-rays, while phase two has added additional services including bladder screening, CT scanning and retinal eye screening.

Bob Kirton, deputy chief executive officer at the hospital, said: “The CDC is proving to be a huge success all round, from increased uptake rates for breast screening - from 50 per cent in April 2022 to 72 per cent in October 2022 to reduced ‘did not attend’ figures and increased availability of appointments.

“The hub is helping services run on time with patients being seen before or at their appointment time, with waiting practically cut altogether.”

The expansion comes after a hugely successful first year, including a Healthcare Estates and Facilities Management Award for ‘Project of the Year’.

Coun Robin Franklin, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, added: “We’re excited to announce that the second phase of the diagnostic centre at the Glass Works is now complete.

“Health services like this are bringing life and vibrancy back to town and city centres up and down the country, and we are delighted to be at the vanguard of this change in Barnsley, allowing us to use this space in a more modern and flexible way better meeting the needs of our residents.”