Striking Plymouth facility has an eye to the future

The striking new Royal Eye Infirmary building created off site for Derriford Hospital in Plymouth by Modern Methods of Construction specialist, MTX, opened to patients last October to meet increasing demand for eye surgery and treatment from across Devon and Cornwall. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports.

Jonathan Baillie, discovered from two of those involved in the project during a visit to Derriford, its rapid provision was made possible only through the innovative FLEX managed services project package developed by MTX, and ‘extraordinary collaboration’ between the contractor and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

The new offsite-manufactured three-storey REI building brings together outpatient and surgical eye treatments previously provided within the main Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, and is designed to enable operations on an additional 520 patients each month, plus an additional 2,300 outpatients appointments annually. Formed from 112 volumetric modules, it incorporates three operating theatres, an increased number of treatment rooms, and an expanded area for young patients. Its 'off site' location on William Prance Road also improves access for patients, with a drop-off zone and parking immediately outside.

The ground floor incorporates three operating theatres, recovery areas, and treatment rooms, with one of the three dedicated to sub-specialisms such as oculoplastic, orbital, and corneal surgeries. The first floor houses consulting/examination and testing rooms, while the second features offices and plant areas for the medical IT and uninterruptible power supplies and air-handling systems. As part of the project, MTX has also built an adjoining Energy Centre, housing HV and LV switchrooms, medical gases, and a water tank.

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