Vanguard helps provide essential interventional radiology procedures

Published: 9-Feb-2021

Modular theatre enables services to continue while refurbishment work is underway

Vanguard Healthcare Solutions is supporting Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to deliver essential interventional radiology procedures during a period of refurbishment.

While the trust’s own interventional radiology theatre at Royal Preston Hospital undergoes an upgrade in a six-month revamp, Vanguard is providing a replacement theatre for these important procedures to continue to be carried out.

Vanguard has created a bespoke modular solution at the hospital which features a truly-state-of-the-art theatre with the latest in Philips interventional radiology equipment installed.

It will operate seven days a week and will be available 24 hours a day, including for emergency procedures.

The elements of the modular build were created offsite by Young Medical, the modular subsidiary of Vanguard, before being craned into position.

The build and all enabling works were carried out by Vanguard, including the creation of a corridor linking the theatre to the hospital’s Ward 2A and the creation of medical gas plant systems.

This has created 80sq m of clinical space and 18sq m of plant room space.

From delivery to fitout and commissioning took just nine weeks.

The Vanguard project team worked in close collaboration with the trust on all aspects of the commissioning, deployment, and delivery.

This approach minimised risk as well as any ‘drift’ in the project timeline, something that was crucial to ensuring the facility was delivered on time and within budget.

The completed module includes a bed bay, plant room, and standard theatre which has been created to comfortably house all the necessary equipment that a specialist theatre like this needs.

And the HVAC system provides 27 fresh air changes per hour.

Vanguard is already working alongside the hospital to deliver a bespoke ophthalmology hub in a two-year project to tackle waiting times for cataract and other ophthalmic procedures.

The interventional radiology theatre is due to be on site for six months.

Vanguard national sales manager, Simon Squirrell, said: “This is the first time our modular units have been used to create a hybrid theatre of this kind and it has been designed to the exact specifications of the trust.”

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