Rutherford Health - Launch of first community diagnostics hub
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Rutherford Health PLC
20 September 2021
 

 

 

Rutherford Health Plc

 

Rutherford Health launches first community diagnostics hub
of its kind in the UK, with another four planned

·      Joint partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

·      Services offered include Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound and X-Ray

·      First of up to five community diagnostics hubs planned around the UK

 

20 September 2021: Rutherford Health plc (AQSE: RUTH, the "Group"), a leading UK provider of innovative cancer care, has launched its first community diagnostics hub, the first of its kind in the UK. The centre is registered with the Care Quality Commission.

 

The Rutherford Diagnostic Centre Somerset in Taunton is the result of a partnership and agreement between Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Rutherford Diagnostics Limited (Rutherford Health's diagnostics subsidiary) to provide diagnostic services to the population of Somerset and the surrounding areas.

 

The agreement was originally signed in June 2020 and is a five year agreement with the option to extend to ten years. The Rutherford Diagnostic Centre Somerset will give NHS patients access to diagnostic imaging which informs their treatment and enable them to have their tests in a stand-alone modern facility away from a busy hospital. It offers Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound and X-Ray on equipment provided by Rutherford's technology partner, Phillips. 

 

 

Peter Lewis, chief executive of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said: "This is a fantastic facility for patients in Somerset and the surrounding areas. We entered our partnership with Rutherford Diagnostics in June 2020 because, despite our investment in MRI and CT scanners, and our continued use of mobile scanners, we were concerned that our Trust would not keep pace with demand for diagnostic tests in the future. This expanded diagnostic imaging capacity has become even more important as a result of the pandemic."

 

The centre, run by Rutherford Diagnostics Limited, is the first of up to five centres that Rutherford intends to develop under an 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. Philips will provide the innovative technology at the five sites.

 

 Mike Moran, CEO of Rutherford Health Plc, said:

"There has never been a more important time for innovative partnering in healthcare in the UK, to ensure patients get access to earlier diagnosis and the best treatment as quickly as possible. The importance of early diagnosis cannot be overstated; it should be the cornerstone of any health system. This centre is a major step forward in addressing the rising demand for diagnostic services across Somerset and we are delighted to be working in collaboration with the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to deliver tangible benefit to their patients.

 

"This centre is the first of its kind and it was delivered on time and to budget, in the same way that we managed with our four Rutherford cancer treatment centres. Our plan is to establish up to four more community diagnostic centres around the country to help meet the need for wider diagnostic provision.  In this way, we can continue to support the NHS to manage the growing backlog caused by the pandemic and track down the missing patients that need treatment urgently."

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Rutherford Health plc

+44 (0) 16 3381 0661

Michael Moran, Chief Executive Officer
Marcus King, Finance Director

Investors@therutherford.com

 

 


Grant Thornton (Corporate Adviser)

+44 (0) 20 7383 5100

Colin Aaronson / George Grainger




Instinctif Partners

+44 207 457 2020

Melanie Toyne-Sewell / Jeremy Durrant / Rozi Morris

Rutherford@Instinctif.com



Media House International

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Ramsay Smith

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About Rutherford Health plc

Rutherford Health plc is a leading UK provider of innovative cancer care. Operating a network of four state-of-the-art centres in WalesReadingNorthumberland and Liverpool, Rutherford Health offers a comprehensive range of the latest technology in cancer treatments, and is the only independent provider of proton beam therapy ("PBT") in the UK. The Company also provides conventional radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, imaging and wellbeing services.

The Group is listed on the Apex segment of the AQSE Growth Market under the symbol: RUTH. For more information, visit the Group's website: www.rutherfordhealth.com.

About Rutherford Diagnostics Ltd

Rutherford Diagnostics Ltd, was established as a subsidiary of Rutherford Health plc to develop a network of advanced diagnostic centres across the UK to meet increasing demand for faster diagnosis. In addition to providing services to NHS patients, Rutherford Diagnostics Centres and services will be available to private medical insurance and self-paying patients.

The Rutherford Diagnostic Centre Somerset

The Rutherford Diagnostic Centre Somerset provides Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound, X-Ray and other relevant diagnostic services, facilitated by Rutherford Health's long-term technology partner Philips.

The centre is 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.

Technology at the centre is provided by Rutherford Diagnostic's technology partner, Philips, which will also provide the innovative technology at Rutherford's further four sites.

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.

About Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is a NHS foundation trust providing services for NHS England in Somerset, England. It manages a number of hospitals providing mental, community and acute hospital care across the county. It was formed in 2020 following the merger of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

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