The ACDC is coming to Andover! Not the band, something much more exciting – an investment of nearly £5million into Andover War Memorial Hospital.
Works are underway to create the Andover Community Diagnostic Centre, which will see improved community access to diagnostic imaging services - providing expanded access to Xray, CT and ultrasound, and introducing new services including MRI.
This means that patients will have greater access to vital services all whilst staying closer to home – speeding up early diagnosis and reducing waiting times.
The expansion of the services in the heart of the Andover community will cover seven days a week, and will mean people no longer have to travel to the hospitals in Basingstoke and Winchester – or indeed further afield - for the care they need.
Services have already started with a mobile MRI unit already in place and more due to commence in the new year.
As part of this new project the maternity department will have an improved birthing environment for families, with a modernised setting for the expert maternity teams to work within.
The ACDC has been designed in collaboration with The Wessex Cancer Alliance and clinical experts. Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospitals in Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester, is also talking to local patients and service users, who are helping the trust to configure and design the new areas – keeping patient care at the heart of everything.
This funding will also support training and development, as the ACDC will include hubs to support training and expanding the skills of the dedicated team of professional providing these vital services.
While these works are underway the birthing services in Andover will be temporarily suspended. We aim to re-introduce this service as soon as possible, likely in early 2023. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause whilst these new facilities are under construction and alternative options are available for those with a planned birth at Andover during this time.