Orthopaedic centre of excellence handed over at Neath Port Talbot Hospital

By Jo Makosinski | Published: 10-Jul-2023

New unit provides three theatres and staff accommodation to address orthopaedic backlog

ModuleCo Healthcare (MCH) has handed over a new orthopaedic centre of excellence at Neath Port Talbot Hospital.

The building, delivered in partnership with manufacturing provider, ModuleCo, houses three theatres and staff accommodation.

Commissioned by Swansea Bay University Health Board, it is set to become the centre of excellence for orthopaedic and spinal surgery in the region.

MCH was awarded the project through the Shared Business Service framework (SBS) via a 10-year Managed Services agreement and the building will help address the backlog in elective orthopaedic procedures, reducing waiting times for their patients.  

Once the backlog has been addressed, the additional capacity also helps the health board to futureproof for sudden changes in demand.

The building houses three operating theatres

The building houses three operating theatres

With waiting lists for elective orthopaedic surgeries already an issue for the health board before COVID-19, the impact of the pandemic only heightened the backlog, with over half of patients waiting over 2 years for surgery.

This led the health board to act using its ‘changing for the future’ programme in which the new facility plays a key part in delivering the objectives.

The unique and flexible hire solutions MCH provides allowed the board to address its mounting backlogs without the need to find the significant upfront capital required through traditional funding routes.

And the installation of the facility was completed over seven days.

ModuleCo Healthcare managing director, Alan Wilson, said: “To be able to deliver a state-of-the-art modular centre of excellence which is set to cover the region is a testament to the strides the NHS has made towards adopting alternative procurement routes in recent years.

“This additional capacity will allow the health board to address backlogs in elective orthopaedic and spinal surgeries much quicker for their patients, some of whom have been waiting several years.”

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