An eye to improved care at Musgrove Park
ModuleCo is ‘just weeks’ from installing a new ophthalmic operating theatre suite for the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, to provide providing improved ophthalmology services for patients at its Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.
The modular facility will be one part of a standalone Ophthalmology Theatre Suite, with dedicated ophthalmic operating theatres, linked to the rear of the hospital’s Day Surgery Centre. The eye unit is the hospital’s busiest department, carrying out over 2,000 operations, and providing nearly 50,000 outpatient appointments, annually. The new development will provide additional operating and recovery space, and dedicated areas to make patients feel more comfortable when receiving care. Patients will be able to access the centre directly from the car park, without passing through the main hospital. The Trust hopes the additional capacity and formation of a dedicated Ophthalmology Centre will help reduce waiting times for routine treatment.
Pradeep Madhavan, orthopaedic consultant at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The project is moving at pace – a tribute to the team spirit within the Department of Ophthalmology, and the expertise and leadership in various parts of our Trust.”
The bespoke design comprises multiple modules of varying sizes to maximise the available site space. The specialist ophthalmic theatre will incorporate ceiling-mounted microscope and laser equipment, supported by an integral scrub, lay-up prep, anaesthetic room, dirty utility, 15-patient day ward, consultation rooms, and ancillary and staff areas.
ModuleCo’s team, now in the factory assembly phase, says the new facility will be installed on site ‘within a matter of weeks’. Sales and Marketing director, and project sponsor, Jonathan Brindley, said: “All of us at ModuleCo take great pride in our continued partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. This will be our fourth facility delivered to Musgrove Park. The theatre is the 108th we have installed in the UK to date.”