New Modular Theatre to Allow Essential Upgrade of Existing Operating Rooms
April 12, 2018
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust’s surgical teams have completed their first operating lists in a new modular theatre that will enable refurbishment of the pre-existing theatre complex.
Raised above the main entrance, the new innovative, state-of-the-art theatre makes good use of the estate, allows the undertaking of more complex surgery than the hospital’s current mobile theatre and enables the refurbishment of existing operating rooms without losing essential theatre capacity.
The new space is made up of three units lifted by crane onto a bespoke steel gantry built outside the main entrance and is directly linked to the current theatre complex, making it easily accessible for staff and patients.
It is fully compliant with modern standards and replicates the equipment within the Trust’s main operating complex to ensure continuity and familiarity for staff and clinical team members.
Stephen Conroy, chief executive, said “Finding a solution to improving our theatres has posed a significant challenge and a lot of thought, planning and hard work has gone into finding a solution so that we can better meet the 18-week referral to treatment (RTT) pathway, providing quick and effective care to our patients.
“Refurbishing our current theatre complex will allow us to make sure our current operating rooms are fit for the future, ensuring we can provide a safer, more efficient service for our patients, and a better environment for our staff to work in. The new modular theatre allows us to do this without losing any surgical activity during this period.”
The Theatre has been supplied to the hospital by ModuleCo Healthcare for an initial 5-year period, with all associated costs being incorporated within the monthly hire rate, including a fully inclusive maintenance package.
It is a fully HBN & HTM compliant theatre and includes an Ultra Clean Ventilation laminar flow canopy allowing a full range of procedures to be carried out, including Orthopaedic surgery.
The refurbishment works are expected to be completed by June and after this date the modular theatre will remain providing an additional operating room that is less expensive to run and better located than the current mobile theatre.
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Notes to Editors
- The Modular Operating Theatre supplied to Bedford Hospital is a fully HBN & HTM compliant theatre and includes an Ultra Clean Ventilation laminar flow canopy allowing a full range of procedures to be carried out, including Orthopaedic surgery. The Theatre Suite consists of three modules with a total footprint of 144sqm, together with associated plant to serve the building infrastructure.
- As the Modular Theatre was built off-site prior to delivery to the hospital, site disruption was kept to a minimum which was paramount due to the final location being above the hospital main entrance. A bespoke steel podium was designed for the Theatre to sit on allowing it to link directly into the hospital’s existing Theatre department.