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The hospital was undergoing roof refurbishment work and the operating theatres were not able to be used. A solution was required to ensure that planned surgeries could go ahead and to provide continuity of care of the Trust patients.
The initial plan was for two mobile operating theatres to be provided to cover the downtime from the hospital’s internal theatres, however, during discussions, it was decided that three theatres with modular support areas for storage, changing and welfare would be more appropriate. This plan would ensure the facility was standalone, while covering the loss in capacity.
In just 10 weeks, three mobile operating theatres with support modular hub facilities were designed, installed and commissioned. This timescale included the construction of a connecting corridor and fire walls (in consultation with the Trust fire officer). Clinical training was provided for the staff who would run the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the facility.
The construction of the mobile operating theatres meant that the roof refurbishment work did not interrupt the care the hospital was able to provide for its patients. Planned general, breast and laser surgery went ahead, along with arthroplasty, orthopaedic foot, shoulder and hand surgery, and urological, gynaecological, and endoscopy procedures.
As a result, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals became the first acute NHS provider in the country to successfully eradicate reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) from its sites.
Vinci approached Vanguard to assist with this project due to a previous successful working relationship. We were pleased to work with Vinci to help the hospital to continue their care during the refurbishment work carried out by Vinci and IHP (a joint venture between Vinci and Sir Robert McAlpine).