Musgrove Park Hospital or the 67th General Hospital was authorised on 3 March 1941. It was activated on 1 September 1942 as an American Army Hospital and occupied by the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Musgrove Park Hospital is part of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. It is a district general hospital, providing care to a population of over 340,000. It provides some specialist services for the whole of Somerset, making the catchment population around 544,000. The hospital has over 700 beds, 30 wards, 15 operating theatres, a fully equipped diagnostic imaging department and a purpose built cancer treatment centre which includes outpatient, chemotherapy day care, radiotherapy and inpatient facilities. Every year over 41,000 patients admitted as emergencies, nearly 9,000 patients admitted for elective surgery, 34,000 day case surgery patients, around 315,500 patients who attend outpatient clinics, 56,000 patients who attend emergency department, 235,000 diagnostic imaging examinations that take place, 3,400 babies born in the maternity department, and about 300 adults and children are admitted to the intensive care and high dependency units. The hospital has around 4,000 staff, and an annual budget of £246.7 million. Clinical research is the way to determine what the best ways are to prevent, diagnose or treat disease. Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is committed to this endeavour, and at any one time there are approximately 250 active research projects going on in the hospital.