Yeovil District Hospital

Community Diagnostic Centre

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about the new diagnostic centre in development at Yeovil District Hospital.

This page displays explains the background of the project, some of its key features and also some example images of what the finished building may look like.

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Somerset NHS Foundation Trust want patients to have quick access to diagnostic tests that inform their treatment. Since they opened the Taunton Diagnostic Centre in the west of Somerset in September 2021, waiting times for diagnostic tests have fallen considerably. They now we want to provide the same access to diagnostic tests in the east of the county.

The new state-of-the-art diagnostic centre will be open 7 days per week and deliver:

  • Shorter waiting times
  • Access to the latest equipment
  • More space for appointments
  • A modern design that facilitates the best patient care

Your new centre

The purpose-built facility will provide diagnostic tests and outpatient appointments.

The new centre will offer:

  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • CT
  • X-Ray
  • Endoscopy services
  • Audiology
  • Cardiology
  • Outpatient appointments.

Site location

We are building the stand-alone Yeovil Diagnostic Centre on land adjacent to the newly opened modular theatre. The building would be separate from other hospital buildings and located close to the entrance of Yeovil District Hospital, off Higher Kingston Road.

This image depicts the location of the building in relation to the current hospital campus.

Yeovil Diagnostic Centre site plan overhead shot

Site plan

Site plan for CDC


Please scroll through the three floorplans below to see the initial internal floor layout of the building.

Example materials

Architectural cladding panel system

Cladding panel boards, supported off light gauge steel stand off brackets, with flashing trims where appropriate. Provided in a range of colours (Off white two tone & Grey cladding panel samples shown below) to compliment the fenestrations and rainwater goods.

Cladding examples

External doors and windows

Fenestration frames to be coloured Anthracite Grey RAL 7016 similar to the image on the right.

Door example

Brick cladding system

Traditional masonry façade, in stretcher bond with bucket handle joints, proposed to be in a buff multi brick.

Brick cladding system

Rainwater goods

Finished in Anthracite Grey RAL 7016, to match fenestration frames, and cladding trims / flashing.

Rainwater options

Outline designs

This image demonstrates how the new community diagnostic centre could look.

The building in context

This image demonstrates how the new stand-alone community diagnostic centre will fit within the current built environment at the hospital.

Block view of how the new building might look


Net Zero Embodied Carbon

The proposed building will be a high-performing and sustainable, low-energy new build development, designed to achieve net zero embodied carbon (carbon emissions emitted producing a building’s materials, their transport and installation on site as well as their disposal at end of life). The building will have a positive impact on the environment and be designed with consideration of appropriate parts of the Somerset Design Vision and Green Plan 2022-2025.


BREEAM is the world’s leading science-based suite of validation and certification systems for sustainable built environment. The building has been designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent for healthcare which will put the completed building in the top 10% of best-performing new build, non-domestic buildings in the UK.

The building will be thermally efficient and utilise roof-mounted photovoltaic panels to meet part of its energy demand.

Biodiversity Net Gain

Biodiversity net gain (BNG) is a strategy to develop land and contribute to the recovery of nature. The development is targeting a minimum 10% biodiversity net gain compared to the pre-development baseline which will ensure the habitat for wildlife on site is in a better state than it was before development.

Your questions

What is the site used for before?

The site was used as a compound for building contractors. It also contained some garages which were previously utilised for storage, but these are in poor condition and not fit for continued use long term.

Do these plans mean that staffing and patient levels will increase and, if so, will this lead to fresh parking problems?

The centre will provide more than 70,000 diagnostic tests and outpatient appointments per year. Prior to the building of the new multi-storey car park a masterplanning exercise was undertaken, which assessed current and future demand for parking at the hospital. The car park was then built with sufficient capacity to allow for a new building offering increased services to be delivered on-site.

What is the timeline for these plans?

Work is now underway on site, the aim is to open the centre in winter 2024.

Will there be noisy works and if so, how long would these go on for?

There will inevitably be noise associated with the construction work. All work will comply with environmental health and any planning restrictions which include acceptable levels of noise. For example, it is not unusual to agree that noisy works are carried out after a stated time of day for sites near residential areas. We only employ contractors that are part of the Considerate Contractor scheme.

Will the Red Lion underpass be closed as a result of building works?

Red Lion underpass is currently closed to due to works on the Breast Unit, which will overlap with construction on the new community diagnostic centre. We anticipate that when the Breast Unit is complete we will be able to reopen the underpass. Any subsequent closures would be temporary and for as short a time as possible to reduce inconvenience for the local community.

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Planning Permission


Financial Close


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