The Taunton Diagnostic Centre offers a range of imaging diagnostic imaging services for NHS patients in Somerset and was set up in September 2021 to help reduce the backlog in waiting times.
The centre was formerly run by Rutherford Diagnostics, whose parent company Rutherford Health Ltd entered liquidation on Thursday 9 June 2022.
On Tuesday 14 June the centre reopened in the same building with a new name: Taunton Diagnostic Centre.
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has stepped in to run the centre on a short-term basis, which means that NHS patients in Somerset will continue to have diagnostic tests at the centre, helping to reduce patient waiting times for diagnostic tests.
The centre has made a real difference to our ability to scan patients quickly. Since it opened at the end of September last year, the percentage of NHS patients in Somerset who are waiting longer than the national standard for a diagnostic test has reduced considerably.
Its location away from our busy hospital is convenient for patients and prevents disruptions to scanning services, which can sometimes happen at a busy acute hospital. Feedback from patients, families and our colleagues who work at the centre is very positive.