Rutherford Diagnostics announces start of construction for its new Taunton centre

Rutherford Diagnostics has announced construction of its new diagnostics centre in Taunton has commenced.  The centre will provide access to state-of-the-art diagnostic services for the people of Somerset.

The facility will be built at the disused Zenith Fire Control Centre on Blackbrook Park Avenue and is expected to become operational by late 2021. Rutherford Diagnostics has selected Kier as the preferred contractor for the works.

Rutherford Health Ltd, the parent company of Rutherford Diagnostics, hopes to construct five diagnostics centres across the UK as part of an investment agreement with Equitix Limited, a leading investor, developer and long-term fund manager of core infrastructure assets in the UK and Europe.

The centre in Taunton will be the first such facility for Rutherford Diagnostics and will offer Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Ultrasound, X-Ray and other relevant diagnostic services.

Rutherford Diagnostics has also agreed a partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust which will see the centre providing its services to the Trust for 10 years. The centre will also be available to private medical insurance and self-pay patients in the South West.

Dr Steven Powell, Chief Diagnostics Officer at Rutherford Diagnostics, said: “We are very pleased to commence work on the construction of the centre with Kier as our main contractor. The centre will be a vital addition to the region’s diagnostic capacity. Diagnostics centres such as ours are all the more important now given the impact of Covid-19 on testing and screening for various diseases. This centre will play an important role in increasing the amount of diagnostic tests that are available to patients across Somerset, supporting earlier diagnosis when it is operational in late 2021.”

David Shannon, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust’s director of strategic development and improvement, said: “We are very pleased to see that the state-of-the-art Rutherford Diagnostics facility in Taunton has progressed to the construction phase.

“It will mean that many of our patients will be able to receive their diagnostic tests at another modern facility away from the excellent unit at Musgrove Park Hospital. We have also agreed with Rutherford Diagnostics that there will be exciting opportunities for our colleagues to work at the new centre while maintaining their employment with us.

“Across the NHS more patients are being referred for specialist diagnostic tests. In an effort to keep pace with this growing demand, we have also recently invested in additional and upgraded MRI and CT scanners at Musgrove Park Hospital.

“But even with these measures, our provision of scanning will not keep pace with demand in the future. Our waiting times for some diagnostic tests are too long which has been made even more challenging during the pandemic. We want to do better for our patients and believe that our partnership with Rutherford Diagnostics will help us to do this.”

New diagnostics centre passes planning milestone

Rutherford Health Plc has announced that its subsidiary, Rutherford Diagnostics, has received conditional planning permission to construct a new diagnostics facility in Taunton, Somerset.

Rutherford Diagnostics has entered into a partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to provide diagnostic services, which Rutherford Diagnostics will deliver from the new state-of-the-art facility in Taunton. The centre, located at the disused Zenith Fire Control Centre in Taunton, is expected to become operational in late 2021.

Rutherford Health hopes to construct five diagnostics centres across the UK as part of an investment agreement with Equitix Limited, a leading investor, developer and long-term fund manager of core infrastructure assets in the UK and Europe.

The centre in Taunton will be the first such facility for Rutherford Diagnostics and will offer Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Ultrasound, X-Ray and other relevant diagnostic services. In addition to providing services to NHS patients via the initial five-year contract with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, the centre will be available to private medical insurance and self-pay patients in the South West.

Steven Powell, chief diagnostics officer at Rutherford Diagnostics, stated: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured a site to construct a state-of-the-art facility which will offer the people of Somerset access to the latest and most advanced diagnostics equipment for a plethora of diseases. Historically the UK’s investment in diagnostics has lagged behind that of its Western European neighbours, particularly cancer and we hope that this facility will usher in a new era of early and fast diagnosis for patients.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the pivotal importance of testing and early diagnosis for better patient outcomes and it is only by boosting capacity through facilities such as this we can ensure that we do not end up with vast backlogs in the event of a health crisis.”

David Shannon, Director of Strategy and Improvement for Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very pleased that a site has been conditionally secured for the construction of the Rutherford Diagnostics centre. We entered into our partnership with Rutherford Diagnostics in order to provide diagnostic services and deliver real improvements to patients in Somerset, with Rutherford Diagnostics providing these services from the specialist centre on the outskirts of Taunton. We believe that this partnership will help us to keep pace with the growing demand for diagnostic tests, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and are delighted that Rutherford Diagnostics has received conditional planning permission for its new diagnostics facility in Taunton.”

Rutherford announces diagnostics partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Rutherford Health has announced that it has entered into a contract with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to provide diagnostic services via a new state-of-the-art diagnostics facility. The centre will provide a wide range of diagnostic services and will help expedite the delivery of test results.

The agreement with the Trust has been reached with Rutherford Health’s diagnostics subsidiary, Rutherford Diagnostics, and will last for five years with an option to extend to 10 years. The centre is expected to be built and operational by the second half of 2021.

The diagnostic services will include Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Ultrasound, X-Ray and other relevant diagnostic services, which will be facilitated by Rutherford Health’s long-term technology partner Philips.

In addition, to providing services to NHS patients, the centre will be available to private medical insurance and self-pay patients in the South West.

The diagnostics centre will be the first of up to five such centres to be built under a Development Framework Agreement between Rutherford Health and Equitix, a leading investor, developer and long-term fund manager of core infrastructure and energy-efficiency assets in the UK and Europe. The centre will be at a site, to be confirmed, in the Taunton area.

Mike Moran, CEO of Rutherford Health, said: “We are delighted to be announcing this partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. At a time when Covid-19 has impacted healthcare services across the board, this agreement demonstrates the tremendous potential of collaboration between the independent and public sectors. Our state-of-the-art facility will be built at no capital cost to the NHS but it will primarily be NHS patients who benefit.

“This partnership is also very timely. The need for faster, more efficient diagnostics services was identified as a priority in the NHS 10-year plan and that was prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and the knock-on effect it is going to have on services for some time to come. We hope that this partnership will act as a catalyst to transform diagnostic services in Britain.”

David Shannon, Director of Strategy and Improvement for Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to enter into this contract with Rutherford Diagnostics to provide diagnostic services to the population of Somerset. This contract will support us to deliver real improvements to our patients. We want to ensure that we have access to timely, state-of-the-art diagnostics and to provide the best possible experience for our patients. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant our access to diagnostic capacity has been and will continue to be compromised, making this development even more important.”

Dr Steven Powell, chief diagnostics officer at Rutherford Diagnostics, said: “The Rutherford Diagnostics centre provides state of the art MRI, CT, Ultrasound and plain film capability from our long-term technology partner Philips and aims to deliver efficiencies and innovative services for the people of Somerset. Our partnership will deliver better patient experience and health outcomes for the local population.”