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MMC projects set to impact NHS waiting lists in 2023

By January 11, 2023Healthcare, News
Addenbrookes Hospital

Projects benefiting from the use of Modern Methods of Construction are set to have a significant impact on NHS waiting lists during 2023.

New MMC-built Clatterbridge surgical hub leads drive to cut NHS waiting lists

A new generation elective surgical hub is set to complete in 2023 at the Clatterbridge Hospital, built by MTX using fast-track Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).

The first phase opened in November 2022, and includes two operating theatres, 12 patient recovery bays and a plant equipment room for air handling units and electrical supply panels. Theatres three and four are expected to complete during 2023.  Once both phases are open, the new Surgical Centre will treat around 6,000 patients each year from across Cheshire and Merseyside.

The Cheshire and Merseyside Surgical Centre is one of the new generation of operating theatre hubs developed to treat patients awaiting elective or planned surgery and help clear the patient backlog exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19.

Fast-track build for Yeovil District Hospital operating theatre

Faster and more efficient completion of a new general surgery operating theatre at Yeovil District Hospital is being achieved through MMC.

The external shell of the building was installed by MTX at the end of September 2022, with fitting out of FFE (furniture, fittings and equipment) and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) elements now under way. The single storey unit includes a theatre suite with recovery rooms, reception and waiting areas, office space and a dedicated staff facility.

Chief Operating Officer at Yeovil Hospital and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Matthew Bryant said: “The pace at which MMC builds go up enables us to make significant strides in increasing the hospital’s footprint to meet the ever-growing needs of the communities we care for.”

Addenbrookes theatres part of new surgical hub strategy

Three new orthopaedic operating theatres being built at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge are part of the national scheme to deliver more than 50 new surgical hubs across England.

MTX employs MMC processes to deliver faster,  greener and more cost effective completion.  Delivery of the factory-manufactured building sections is scheduled for early 2023.  Once they are assembled with floor screeds, internal and external finishes, FFE (furniture, fittings and equipment) and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) elements of the project will be completed.

The Addenbrookes theatres will be used primarily for orthopaedic operations to help ease waiting lists for routine knee and hip operations. MTX is also upgrading the ventilation systems for the linked P&Q wards originally built as part of the COVID-19 response.

Three-storey Royal Eye Infirmary in Plymouth sees effective use of MMC

MTX is delivering a three-storey Royal Eye Infirmary project at the Derriford Hospital site for University Hospitals Plymouth, employing Modern Methods of Construction to ensure faster, greener and more cost-effective completion.

The new unit brings together the outpatient and surgical eye treatments at Derriford Hospital and will release space to be reassigned as a clinical unit and an additional ward. New facilities include an increased number of ophthalmology treatment rooms and an expanded area for young patients.

The new operating theatre dedicated to sub-specialisms, such as oculoplastic, orbital and corneal surgeries, will further reduce waiting times for patients across Devon and Cornwall.

Royal Bolton Hospital secures funding for two extra operating theatres

Royal Bolton Hospital

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has been successful with its bid for £19.6 million funding to significantly increase its theatre capacity.

Two new theatres and an integrated ward are already being built at Royal Bolton Hospital by MTX using MMC.  The new funding will add two more theatres, as well as the creation of a bespoke day case paediatrics theatre hub by refurbishing Royal Bolton Hospital’s existing day case theatres.

The state-of-the-art theatres will help to improve outcomes and experiences for patients from both Bolton and Greater Manchester, and reduce the number of patients waiting for surgery.

Michelle Cox, Anaesthetic and Surgical Divisional Director of Operations at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are so excited for how this project will progress and how Bolton will be a beacon of healthcare excellence.”