– UK’s first sustainable, carbon net-zero built community arena with multi-purpose sports facilities & integrated Medical Diagnostic Center to improve health and wellbeing in South Yorkshire –
Canon Medical Systems UK has announced a unique health and wellbeing collaboration with Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, B. Braun Sheffield Sharks basketball franchise, PCA Ltd and The LivingCare Group. The new ‘Park Community Arena’ is anticipated to open in 2023 as the UK’s first affordable carbon net-zero built sports, healthcare and community arena featuring an integrated Medical Diagnostic Centre.
Based at the heart of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the new, sustainably built arena will offer a flexible sporting facility, featuring three full-size basketball courts, and designed to hold 2,500 spectators. It will be the new home for the Sheffield Sharks and the Sheffield Hatters (women) professional basketball teams and the arena will be available to wider sporting, education, and community organisations. Working with local educational partners, it will establish a leading UK basketball academy and programme, serving the spectrum of elite to recreational basketball players. The flexible arena also offers huge potential for wider sporting, business, and community events and is set to play its role in boosting the region’s visitor economy collaborating with partners across Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to support research, innovation, education, and community participation.
To the north end of the arena, Canon Medical will open a Medical Diagnostic Center to bring healthcare closer to people and increase access to health screening and disease prevention. This is in synergy 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 Medical Diagnostic Center will feature advanced Canon Medical imaging systems including AI-assisted CT and MRI, diagnostic ultrasound, digital X-ray and include consulting rooms, a minor surgery operating theater and an Endoscopy suite. Bringing all these modalities together will be Canon Medical’s healthcare information technology augmented with machine learning and AI to improve productivity and accuracy of diagnosis.
The Medical Diagnostic Center will provide the region’s first specialist Sports Diagnostic Imaging Center that will translate elite-level health, injury, and rehabilitation learnings to routine clinical practice. This will enable early detection, prevention and faster rehabilitation for sports injury and illness, as well as provide pre-season medicals and sports injury services to professional, elite, semi-professional and committed athletes.
Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical UK states, “We are so excited to announce the Park Community Arena, a pioneering carbon net-zero built sports, healthcare and community arena for the people of South Yorkshire. It will increase affordable access to sports and community events and provide a home for the BBraun Sheffield Sharks and Hatters basketball teams to play, train and expand their valuable RESPECT and RESPECT TOO community outreach programs for local young people.”
“The Medical Diagnostic Center at the Park Community Arena will play a part in expanding healthcare capacity for local people where they can attend minor surgery appointments or have diagnostic scans and other tests as part of a health prevention and early detection programme. This close-to-the-community approach in a non-clinical environment will be better for people who may be anxious of hospitals or benefit from the excellent transportation links to the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park,” Mark Hitchman continues. “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 to improve the long-term health outcome for patients. It will also be a hub for our research and development teams working in cooperation with neighboring academia to continue progress on developing healthcare innovations for the future.”
Luke Minshall, Director of Strategy & Partnerships at LivingCare, states, “This is a great opportunity for the community of Sheffield to have its healthcare provision expanded and we are delighted to be involved. The Park Community Arena will provide a central and accessible location for general imaging referrals from professional sports clubs to health insurance companies as well as offering the NHS and its patients additional capacity for scans and imaging procedures closer to home.”
Yuri Matischen, Chairman of PCA Ltd and the Sharks, states, “Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is already synonymous with encouraging physical wellbeing, is home to 2000 pupils and students and has great transport links making it the ideal location for the community arena. It will provide the new permanent home for the Sharks and Hatters allowing basketball to transform and flourish, and be an accessible and inspirational home for other sports clubs from the area’s diverse communities. We are truly excited to be working with Canon Medical, LivingCare and all partners on Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to extend the City’s sporting reputation and inspire young people to be physically active.”
Councilor Mazher Iqbal, Co-Chair of the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee at Sheffield City Council adds, “We are proud to be working with our partners at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to create these exciting new facilities, which will provide world-class healthcare for local people and strengthen our communities. As well as providing a brand-new home for the Sheffield Sharks and creating another flexible events space for the city, these additions to Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park will boost the local economy – increasing footfall and bringing new opportunities to the surrounding areas. People of all ages will benefit from having a range of cutting-edge facilities right on their doorstep, as Sheffield leads the way in sustainable innovation and medical research.”
Richard Caborn, Chair of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, states, “Canon Medical has been a valued partner in the development of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park since day one. Its community ethos and engagement initiatives resonate with our Olympic legacy aims. The new Park Community Arena will further extend the health and wellbeing collaboration possibilities with our two Sheffield teaching hospitals, our university partners and elite sports facilities to create a flourishing international center for diagnostic imaging located in the North of England.”