Referral to our centres

Patient experience and care is at the heart of what we offer. We acknowledge the uniqueness of each individual, respecting their values, beliefs and concerns, our supportive environment is responsive to the needs of each person.

Process for a referral to Rutherford Diagnostics

Our Central Bookings team will accept referrals from healthcare professionals across all specialities.

We will require a referral letter, or your specialist can utilise our referral form which must be completed in full and include contact details of the individual being referred and the secretary of the referrer. This is to ensure that all parties can be kept up to date and the diagnostic report and images can be returned to the referrer.

Our diagnostic imaging services are accessible to self-pay patients, private patients under medical insurance (subject to authorisation) and NHS patients who are treated under our contract to Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

For insured patients we work with the insurers to make sure the process is as seamless as possible. For self-pay patients our prices will be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Once the referral is received, we will contact the patient directly and arrange an appointment to suit the needs of the patient.

The team are available by phone or email to help with any queries, and will maintain contact with the referrer and patient throughout their time with us.

Referrals to Rutherford Diagnostics

In order to receive treatment at the Rutherford Diagnostic Centre Somerset, patients should always seek referral through their consultant or specialist.

For further information regarding referrals, please email or call 01633 973 250.

The core imaging services Rutherford Diagnostics provides includes:

Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan


A computerised tomography (CT) scan can be used to diagnose and guide treatment, using x-rays to create images of the inside of the body.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan


A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body.



An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the body inside, this can be used to diagnose or guide treatment.

Digital X-ray


Projection imaging, otherwise known as digital x-ray, creates two-dimensional images of the body at a particular moment in time.