PERFORMANCE: More weekend and evening appointments are to be held at Colchester General Hospital for patients who need diagnostic tests.

Radiology services manager Sally Lewis said: “Currently, MRI and ultrasound scans happen outside of ‘normal hours’ but we will be looking to extend weekend services into other diagnostic imaging tests where there is demand to do so.”

Current working hours are up to 9pm on weekdays and between 7am and 7pm at weekends for MRI scans, and between 8.30am and 4.30pm at weekends for ultrasounds.