A Foundation Trust is addressing winter pressures with the addition of a mobile theatre unit, which it says will help it increase its operational capacity by an estimated 120 procedures a month.
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) took delivery of the Vanguard Healthcare Solutions mobile theatre at Goole and District Hospital in early November, and it became fully operational later that month. It is helping the Trust to carry out an extra 30 operations a week, and will be used for urology, gynaecology, and general surgery. During its six months on site, over 700 people should benefit. Designed and built by Vanguard, the theatre provides an anaesthetic room, operating theatre, scrub area, a two-bed first-stage recovery area, HEPA-filtered environmental air, integrated medical gas banks, changing room, and utility areas. Members of the Vanguard clinical team are supporting the Trust’s own surgeons and anaesthetists.
The new theatre has been installed to the side of the main hospital next to the staff car park, and is linked to the main building through a bespoke and purpose-built link corridor.
Shelley Bradburn, theatre sister at Goole Hospital, said: “The clinical team here at the hospital have welcomed the additional facility, and it means we can see more patients, and will hopefully, over the winter, not see procedures having to be postponed or cancelled.”