Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centres (MDC) 

UCLH Cancer Collaborative is piloting three multidisciplinary diagnostic centres (MDC) at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust). We are also supporting the development of an MDC at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Multidisciplinary diagnostic centres are for patients with so-called ‘vague’ symptoms that could indicate cancer. These patients need to access appropriate tests quickly to improve early diagnosis. The project is part of the national Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate (ACE) Programme jointly funded by Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS England.

When a GP sees a patient with symptoms that could indicate they have cancer, they are able to make an urgent referral for the patient to be seen by a specialist within two weeks. But less than half of all cancer patients are diagnosed through this urgent referral route, known as the two week wait, and others are diagnosed in accident and emergency or after a routine referral to a cancer specialist.

For patients with vague symptoms such as abdominal pain, weight loss or painless jaundice, it can be difficult to refer them to the most appropriate tests quickly. To cater for these patients and to further support early diagnosis, multidisciplinary diagnostic centres are designed to offer rapid diagnosis to patients.

Watch our video that explains what an MDC is.

 

Watch our video to learn more about the type of ‘vague’ symptoms that may be appropriate for referral to an MDC.

 

Patients

Download the patient information leaflets for the services at UCLH and North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

GPs

Click here to download MDC referral forms:

Download our information sheet for more information on how to make a referral to one of the pilot MDCs at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust or UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust).

For more information about the multidisciplinary diagnostic centres please contact Felicity Carson. f.carson@nhs.net