Modular ophthalmology centre to open at Musgrove Park Hospital

Published: 7-Apr-2021

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust continues partnership with ModuleCo with the development of a new modular facility

ModuleCo is just weeks from completing a state-of-the-art ophthalmic operating theatre suite for Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, providing improved services for patients at Musgrove Park Hospital.

The new modular facility will be one part of a standalone ophthalmology theatre suite with dedicated ophthalmic operating theatres linking to the rear of the existing day surgery centre.

The eye unit is the hospital’s busiest department, carrying out over 2,000 operations every year and providing nearly 50,000 outpatient appointments.

This development provides the trust with additional operating space, recovery space and dedicated patient areas, enabling them to feel more comfortable when receiving care.

And patients will be able to access the centre directly from the car park, without the need to pass through the main hospital.

The trust hopes the additional capacity, and forming of a dedicated ophthalmology centre, will help reduce waiting times for routine treatment.

Pradeep Madhavan, orthopaedic consultant at the trust, said: “This new unit will be a modern facility that will allow ophthalmic patients to continue with their surgical treatment safely and in time without being unduly affected by conditions in the rest of the hospital and community.

“The project is moving at pace and is a tribute to the team spirit within the department of ophthalmology and expertise and leadership in various parts of our trust.”

A bespoke design has been developed, consisting of multiple modules of varying sizes to maximise the available site space, making up a 484sq m footprint.

The facility will be the first part of a specialist ophthalmic theatre with ceiling-mounted microscope and laser equipment. This is supported by an integral scrub, lay-up prep, anaesthetic room, dirty utility, 15-patient day ward, consultation rooms, and various ancillary and staff areas.

ModuleCo’s team is now in the midst of the factory assembly phase, and by completing 80% of the construction and fit out in the factory this minimises the disruption to the hospital estate.

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