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Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) name and (b) location is of (i) each of the independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) which were established at part of the first wave of the ISTC programme and (ii) each ISTC which is planned in the second wave; and if she will make a statement on the progress of the programme. (67861)

The names and addresses of the fully operational wave one independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) are shown in the table.

Independent sector treatment centre


GC4 spine chain

East Cornwall, Bodmin NHS Treatment Centre

Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2QT

East Lincolnshire, Boston NHS Treatment Centre

Boston West Business Park, Sleaford Road, Boston, PE21 8EG

West Lincolnshire, Gainsborough NHS Treatment Centre

Ropery Road, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 2TJ

North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, Clifton NHS Treatment Centre

Bluebeck Drive, Shipton Road, York, YO30 5RA

Northumberland Tyne and Wear, Cobalt NHS Treatment Centre

The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside NE27 0BY

Southampton, Capio New Hall Hospital NHS Treatment Centre

Bodenham, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 4EY

Thames Valley, Woodland Hospital NHS Treatment Centre (interim site)

Rothwell Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 8XF

Thames Valley, Reading NHS Treatment Centre

Swallows Croft, Reading, RG1 6UZ,

GC5 west chain

Kidderminster, Kidderminster Treatment Centre

Bewdley Road, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 6RJ

GC8 chain

Portsmouth, St. Mary's NHS Treatment Centre

Milton Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, P03 GAD

Medway, Will Adams NHS Treatment Centre

Beechings Way, Gillingham, Kent ME8 GAD

Wycombe, Mid and South Buckinghamshire NHS Diagnostic Centre (diagnostic services only)

Unit 2, The Merlin Centre, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe HP12 3QL

Local projects

Bradford, Eccleshill NHS Treatment Centre

45 Harrogate Road. Eccleshill Bradford BD10 0JE

Trent, Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre

2 Lindrick Way, Barlborough, Chesterfield, S45 4XE

Shepton Mallet, Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre

St. Peters Road, Shepton, BA4 4PG

Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Surgical Centre

Bowers Avenue, Davyhulme, Manchester, M41 SSL

Plymouth, Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre

Building 3, Derriford Business Park, Plymouth, PL6 5QZ

OC123 ophthalmology chain

Mobile Cataract Unit


Phase two of the ISTC procurement is in progress. Invitations to negotiate (ITNs) have been issued for 12 schemes for electives procedures in the following areas:

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear;

Cumbria and Lancashire (two schemes);

Cheshire and Merseyside;


West Midland South;

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire;

Greater Manchester (two schemes);

South London;

Hampshire and Isle of Wight; and

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

We expect a further tranche of ITNs to be issued in the summer.

Negotiations are also under way with bidders on seven regional diagnostics schemes. These are in the following areas:


the North East;

the West Midlands;

the North West;

the South East;

the South West; and

the East.

By the end of 2005, patients had benefited from over 250,000 procedures centrally procured from the independent sector including those from ISTCs, the general supplementary contract and the magnetic resonance imaging contract. ISTCs are now firmly part of the national health service family, delivering NHS services to NHS patients. Phase two of the programme is currently underway which will further increase NHS capacity, reduce waits for treatment and diagnostic tests, and increase patient choice.