A new 30-bed ward is being designed and built at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert by modular construction specialist, Portakabin.
The final step in the development of the new National Treatment Centre – Forth Valley, it will enable around 1,500 additional operations to be carried out each year supported by more than 90 additional staff across a range of disciplines. The new ward will have 30 en-suite bedrooms, two of which are specially adapted for bariatric use, plus facilities such as waiting rooms, nurse stations, a multidisciplinary team room, consultation room, and reception. It is being funded with the support of a £17 m national investment for the new National Treatment Centre, which includes two additional operating theatres and an additional MRI scanner to increase surgical and diagnostic capacity.
Work began in June, and the new ward is expected to be operational in early 2023. Portakabin says that via the use of Modern Methods of Construction, the ward can be delivered in a considerably quicker time than via traditional construction, and still meet the same high standards required.
Lee Connolly, head of Project Design and Engineering at Portakabin, said: “With increasing pressure on the NHS, we know how much this new facility will mean to the local community, and are delighted to be able to help support staff in continuing to provide high-quality, safe, and effective health care. The new Forth Valley facility will form part of a network of new National Treatment Centres being developed to increase capacity and reduce waiting times across NHS Scotland.”