Crane-assisted mobile unit delivery preserves capacity during refurbishment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital

The Need

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust was anticipating the increased pressures that winter would put on its services. It required a flexible solution to help it meet patient demand. However, an on-going service redevelopment in the Trust’s Teaching, Trauma and Tertiary care (known as 3Ts) meant that the site at its Royal Sussex County Hospital had limited space available for additional capacity measures.

The Vanguard Plan

The logistics, transport and estates teams at Vanguard Healthcare Solutions worked closely together with the Trust’s staff to develop an out-of-the-box logistical approach. It meant that a mobile unit could still be an option for creating additional clinical capacity while working within the space available.

The Vanguard Solution

The transport team drew on their experience to create a solution and located a practical space for the mobile. The site, in the Accident and Emergency Department’s courtyard, was not suitable for a traditional delivery. However, the design of these mobile units means they can be delivered by crane and lifted into place. It was installed with the minimum of disruption.

Estates team oversees crane lift at Royal Sussex County Hospital

The Outcome

Despite the challenges of finding a placement for the facility and then putting it into place in order to maximise patient flow as quickly as possible, the team installed the unit without undue disturbances. This allowed the Trust to continue to focus on delivering its major project. It also ensured that all the facilities they required to meet additional winter pressures were in place.

Duane Passman, Director of 3Ts, said: “The Royal Sussex County Hospital is a very restricted site. The initial works for our major redevelopment programme exacerbated it further. Vanguard’s transport team did fantastic work in locating a realistic location to install the facility and in ensuring a smooth delivery. It allowed us to keep our focus on the 3Ts.”