Community arena’s medical centre will improve access to screening in Sheffield

A sustainable community arena with multi-purpose sports facilities and medical diagnostic centre is planned for South Yorkshire. The Park Community Arena is expected to open in 2023 as an affordable carbon net-zero built sports, healthcare and community arena.

Canon Medical Systems UK is collaborating with Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, B.Braun Sheffield Sharks basketball franchise, PCA and The LivingCare Group on the project.

Located in the heart of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the arena will offer a flexible sporting facility and is designed to hold 2,500 spectators. It will be the new home for the Sheffield Sharks and the Sheffield Hatters professional basketball teams.

Canon Medical will open a medical diagnostic centre to boost access to health screening and disease prevention. This aligns with national health strategies to create one-stop shops for healthcare checks, scans and tests outside the traditional hospital environment to overcome COVID-19 pandemic backlogs, improve earlier diagnosis and contribute to NHS carbon net-zero ambitions by reducing patient journeys. It will be managed by LivingCare and be available to the wider community in conjunction with South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System and local NHS providers. The centre will feature Canon Medical imaging systems including AI-assisted CT and MR, diagnostic ultrasound, digital x-ray and will include consulting rooms, a minor surgery operating theatre and an endoscopy suite.

The centre will provide the region with a specialist sports diagnostic imaging centre that will translate elite level health, injury and rehabilitation learnings to routine clinical practice.

The Park Community Area
The Park Community Arena will be developed by Canon Medical Systems UK.

Canon Medical UK md Mark Hitchman said: “This close-to-the-community approach in a non-clinical environment will be better for people that may be anxious about hospitals or will benefit from the excellent transportation links to the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. It will be an advanced healthcare facility featuring the latest Canon Medical innovations that are designed to deliver detailed diagnostic imaging to assist clinicians with confident and earlier diagnoses. It will also be a hub for our research and development teams working in cooperation with neighbouring academia.”

Picture: Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park chairman Richard Caborn cuts the ribbon. With him are Sheffield City Council co-chair finance sub-committee Zahira Naz and cabinet member for city, futures, development, culture and regeneration Mazher Iqbal, Olympic Legacy Park chief executive Chris Low, Canon Medical Systems UK md Mark Hitchman, LivingCare cfo Armit Sidhu, PCA director Yuri Matischen, LivingCare director Steve Feldman, Canon director of commercial solutions Ian Watson, LivingCare md Helen White and director of patient safety and clinical effectiveness Sarah Williams, PCA md Sarah Backovic, LivingCare director of strategy and partnerships Luke Minshall and finance director Armit Sidhu, with Canon operations and marketing director Maiko Davison.

Published on page 12 of the September 2022 issue of RAD Magazine.

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