ModuleCo Healthcare (MCH) has handed over a new ophthalmic theatre – built using modern methods of construction – to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport on the Isle of Wight.
The modular healthcare facility provider says the ‘bespoke’ modular theatre and recovery unit will help the Trust clear the backlog in ophthalmic treatment on the island and surrounding areas. Alongside manufacturing partner, ModuleCo, MCH delivered the project in just 20 weeks from order to handover, with most of the work – including the design, manufacture, and pre-install quality checks – being completed off site, before the six individual modules were shipped over to the island.
The new high-specification theatre – made possible through a five-year hire agreement – will become a dedicated space for ophthalmic care, providing much-needed additional surgical capacity, and allowing the hospital to treat up to 18 more patients a day – a 40 per cent increase in current surgical capacity. The additional capacity will not only reduce the number of patient referrals to NHS Trusts off the island, allowing more residents to receive care closer to home, but will also release an existing theatre on site currently used for ophthalmology cases, allowing the Trust to treat more urology, general surgery, and gynaecology cases. The facility includes an ophthalmic theatre and two large separate male and female recovery suites, designed to the hospital’s specific needs.
Philip Moradi, Clinical lead for Ophthalmology at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: “The new theatre is an incredible opportunity to deliver high-volume modern cataract surgery in a 21st century setting. Our patients will also benefit from reduced waiting times, with an investment of over £2 million into the theatre, pre-operative cataract analysis equipment, a two-step treatment pathway to surgery, a dedicated retina and cataract suite, and the ability to access virtual clinics.”
Alan Wilson, MD at MCH, said “We’re delighted with the outcome of this project for Isle of Wight NHS Trust, and are proud to be supporting St Mary’s Hospital by providing additional ophthalmic capacity on the island.”