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Three-storey elective Colchester orthopaedic facility to house eight theatres

Modern Methods of Construction specialist, MTX, is to deliver Colchester Hospital’s new three-storey Elective Orthopaedic Centre.

The facility will eventually house eight new orthopaedic operating theatres, space for up to 72 beds, a reception with a waiting area, and all necessary ancillary accommodation.

The project will contribute to the NHS’s Elective Recovery Plan, delivering more procedures and scans to ensure that no patients will wait longer than a year for surgery by March 2025. As one of the new surgical hubs being constructed to meet this target, Colchester’s Elective Orthopaedic Centre will support the management of routine surgery, reducing waiting lists and cancellations.

MTX explained: “Engagement with service-users and staff is central to ensuring that the proposed expansion suited the needs of clinicians and patients, alongside reducing the hospital’s budget and carbon footprint. The Elective Orthopaedic Centre programme will support the NHS’s requirements for cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions to clearing its treatment backlog. Modern Methods of Construction can reduce build times by up to 50% and achieve up to 45% carbon reduction, while allowing for business-as-usual operation throughout construction.

Scott McCaskie, Director at MTX, said: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust at Colchester Hospital once again and continue to build our long-term relationship. Our success in securing the project is a testament to the ongoing expertise and innovation of the MTX team. The delivery of bespoke, high-quality, and fast-track pre-manufactured construction solutions will increase the hospital’s capacity and shorten delays, with as little disruption as possible to staff and patients.”

 

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