Expanding Diagnostic Services in Somerset Your Views

As part of a national initiative, Somerset wants to develop a second Community Diagnostic Centre in the east of Somerset.  We have launched a survey to ask for your views.

What are Community Diagnostic Centres?

In November 2020, the Diagnostics: Recovery and Renewal review led by Sir Mike Richards outlined several projects that could be delivered to improve diagnostics across England.  The ambitions for  diagnostic services had already been recognised by the NHS Long Term Plan published in 2019.

 One of the recommendations from the Richard’s review was to create Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs).  These centres aim to achieve:

  • Earlier diagnoses for patients through easier, faster, and more direct access to the full range of diagnostic tests needed to understand patients’ symptoms
  • A reduction in waits by diverting patients away from hospitals, allowing them to treat urgent patients
  • A contribution to the NHS’s net zero ambitions by providing multiple tests at one visit, reducing the number of patient journeys and helping to cut carbon emissions and air pollution.

Do we have a Community Diagnostic Centre in Somerset?

In September 2021, the Rutherford Diagnostic Centre was opened on the outskirts of Taunton, the first community diagnostics centre of its kind in England.  The centre provides diagnostic services including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound and X-Ray. 

We are now proposing to establish a Community Diagnostic Centre which serves the east of the county and would like your views to help us shape this.

How can I get involved?

We want to build on the success of the Rutherford Diagnostic Centre and develop a second Community Diagnostic Centre in the east of Somerset, further improving diagnostic capacity and access. 

To help us deliver a Community Diagnostic Centre that meets the needs of the people of Somerset, we would be grateful if you could complete a short survey