Modular building specialist, Portakabin, has completed two specialist theatres to boost capacity at East Grinstead’s Queen Victoria Hospital, complete with a central plant room, following consultation with the Trust’s team.
The world-renowned specialist NHS healthcare facility provides reconstructive surgery, burns care, and rehabilitation services, for people injured through accidents or illness. The single-storey Portakabin buildings are located between existing structures on the busy hospital site.
Portakabin said: “The benefits of a modular building solution mean the theatres could be added to in order to support the future development of the hospital’s estate. For now, they address capacity for much-needed day surgery, and the addition of a central plant room eases access for general maintenance. Each theatre building contains an operating theatre, complete with surgeon’s panels and specialist M&E fit out, an anaesthetic room, ‘prep’ and scrub areas, and dirty utility. Ordered last December, the theatres were handed over to the Trust in June this year.
Nick Griffin, Divisional managing director for Portakabin, said: “The Trust approached Portakabin knowing we would be able to deliver these specialist buildings within the six-month timeframe. The surgery performed in these theatres is day surgery only, and does not require general anaesthetic, meaning the additional space increases overall patient flow.”
Steve Jenkin, Chief Executive of Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As a leading specialist surgical hospital for the South East, theatre capacity is vital. Our two new modular theatres give us the ability to treat more patients in a timely way, and maintain a high level of patient care. Located apart from our main theatre block, the modular theatres give us additional flexibility and resilience, and take our total number of theatres to 12.”