Yeovil District Hospital
- Telephone number
- 01935 384586
Yeovil District Hospital (YDH) became an NHS Foundation Trust in 2006, affirming its position as one of the top performing hospitals in the country. The hospital has an iCARE philosophy of treating both staff and patients as individuals, with courtesy and respect. A high performing NHS employer YDH meets the requirements of legislation on race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion / belief and age.
Like any other NHS hospital, Foundation Trusts provide and develop services for NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards; similarly they are subject to NHS systems of inspection. YDH is accountable to parliament and regulated by Monitor, but a level of relative independence means the Foundation Trust can tailor its services to best meet the needs of the local population. Foundation Trusts have greater freedoms to manage their own affairs and improve services, responding to patients’ needs.
YDH has 345 beds and provides acute care, including maternity services, for a growing population of 180,000, mostly in South Somerset, North and West Dorset and parts of Mendip. The Trust has a private patients’ facility, the Kingston Wing, which offers a personal service in state-of-the-art clinical facilities.
The Trust provides outpatient and inpatient consultant services for a range of specialisms including general medicine, cardiology, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, trauma and paediatrics. Patients who have had hip and knee replacement procedures can benefit from an enhanced recovery programme with full multi-disciplinary input leading to a shorter hospital stay. A major £7 million expansion in critical care facilities opened in 2007, providing state of the art High Dependency and Coronary Care Units. The major Accident and Emergency Centre, which has a paediatric assessment unit, has been rated as among the country’s best in a national survey of patients.
Yeovil District Hospital has links with other acute Trusts at Taunton and Dorchester with visiting consultants providing Ophthalmology, ENT, Oral Surgery, Neurology, Dermatology and GU Medicine services. Thoracic Surgery, Oncology, Radiotherapy and Plastic Surgery services are provided by visiting consultants from Bristol. The regional neurosurgical and burns centre is at Frenchay Hospital (North Bristol) and Cardiothoracic Surgery is at Bristol Hospital.