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Hundreds more appointments for echocardiogram and blood tests made available at Newark Hospital

Over 300 additional tests are set to be available each week at a hospital.

Up to 325 more appointments for tests will now be available at Newark Hospital each week, making it quicker and easier for patients to access the vital checks they need.

An extra 50 appointments alone will be available for patients who need an echocardiogram — a scan which looks at the heart and nearby blood vessels — as a result of the service increasing from two days to five days a week.

Healthcare support worker Lucy Walters preparing to take blood from a patient at Newark Hospital.
Healthcare support worker Lucy Walters preparing to take blood from a patient at Newark Hospital.

Newark Hospital, which is managed by Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is also offering up to 275 more blood tests each week.

The additional slots mean that anyone who has been referred for a blood test by their GP or hospital team can visit Newark Hospital any time between 11.30am and 3.30pm on weekdays, without booking.

The slots are offered as part of a programme of accelerated health checks that have been made available as part of the trust’s work to bring a Community Diagnostics Centre to Mansfield.

The trust is already delivering extra tests at Mansfield Community Hospital and MRI scans at a mobile unit at the privately-run Nottingham Road Clinic in Mansfield, while plans progress to provide a dedicated diagnostics building.

David Ainsworth, director of strategy and partnerships at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to bring these additional services here to Newark Hospital for the benefit of our patients who live in the area and are served by this great hospital.

“This is another fantastic example of how we are continually working hard to increase the range and availability of services at Newark Hospital.

“Although these slots are ideal for patients living locally, anyone can choose to have their echo or blood test done at Newark. I'd encourage anyone to ask for Newark when being referred for tests or treatment — as the likelihood is that you will have a shorter wait at Newark than elsewhere."

From Monday (December 4) blood tests at Newark will move to the main Outpatients department from the Eastwood Centre to provide a bigger area for patients. A text will be sent out to all patients who have appointments booked on or after December 4 to inform them of the new location.

Patients are reminded that they should contact the hospital if they are unable to attend a pre-booked appointment so it can be rearranged and offered to someone who is waiting.

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