COMMERCIAL: Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust is seeking a commercial partner in order to maximise private patient income.

The trust, which already has a private wing, has set up a private patient focus group in place to focus on marketing and opportunities to grow income in the face of a predicted decline in NHS income.

The trust, which had a turnover of £106.3m last year, is budgeting for private income of £2.7m in 2011-12, £2.8m in 2012-13 and £2.9m in 2013-14.