New gynaecological operating theatre suite set to open

North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust partners with ModuleCo for the construction of a new twin operating theatre development at Southmead Hospital

The new theatre block is made up of 13 modules built at ModuleCo's factory

ModuleCo has installed a new gynaecological operating theatre suite for the North Bristol NHS Trust, providing expanded maternity services at Southmead Hospital.

The new modular facility will become part of the Southmead Maternity Services Department, providing dedicated gynaecological operating theatres.

Juliette Hughes, divisional director of nursing for women and children’s health, said: “This project lets us provide the best-possible care to women needing routine or emergency gynaecology treatment at Southmead Hospital.

“These state-of-the-art new facilities have also allowed us to upgrade all of our theatres across women and children’s health in line with other theatres in the hospital.”

A detailed design was developed by ModuleCo’s in-house design team, consisting of 13 modules which make up a 8,211sq ft total footprint.

The facility consists of two operating theatres with specialist equipment for gynaecological poceedures, supported by integral scrubs, lay-up preparation rooms, anaesthetic rooms, dirty utility rooms, a five-bed first-stage recovery area, offices, and various support and staff rest areas.

And 30% of the building’s power will be generated by solar panels, demonstrating the trust’s commitment to sustainability, an agenda set by NHS England mandating trusts to work towards delivering a net-zero national health service by 2040.

ModuleCo’s team completed the factory assembly phase and all modules have now been installed on site.

Completing 90% of the construction and fit-out in the factory provides a more-sustainable approach to construction and has also been vital in helping the trust minimise disruption to the active hospital estate.

Jonathan Brindley, sales and marketing director at ModuleCo, said: “We are delighted to be building a partnership with North Bristol NHS Trust and supporting it to deliver the highest standards of care to the women in its communities.

“This facility represents a significant step in the trust's long-term strategy to upgrade its gynaecological theatre facilities, expanding services and securing additional critical care capacity.

“Sustainability was an important factor for the team and the facility features rooftop solar panels and increased efficiency heat recovery, as well as being futureproofed for future changes in the trust heating infrastructure.”

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