Yeovil District Hospital (YDH) http://www.yeovilhospital.co.uk 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 people, 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.
The Trust’s Radiology Department offers diagnostic radiology, together with ultrasound screening, CT, colour Doppler and MRI scanning. The MRI and CT suites have been refurbished with state of the art equipment and the x-ray system has been fully digitalised. The Department of Medicine is equipped for echo-cardiology, colour flow Doppler, exercise testing and 24 hour ECG monitoring. There is also a fully equipped Respiratory Laboratory and Yeovil is one of the few centres in the area providing a Bone Densitometry service.
Our Priorities And Values
Every member of staff and volunteer at Yeovil Hospital is committed to living the iCARE values through their work…
“I will communicate effectively with my colleagues, patients, and visitors to enable them to carry out their work to the best of their abilities, be involved in decisions about the care we are providing, and make the most of our services.”
“I will have a positive attitude toward my work and others, always focused on improving the experience of the patient.”
“I will respect patients, carers and colleagues at all times, valuing their beliefs and wishes and always taking these into account during my work.”
“I will help to create an environment which is conducive to good care and recovery, and in which people feel safe and comfortable.“
By all taking individual responsibility in meeting the iCARE principles we will create a Hospital in which people want to work, and in which people want to receive care. See the video above to find out what iCARE means to our staff.