Case Study:

Operating Theatre and Paediatric Wards at Doncaster Royal Infirmary – Yorkshire, United Kingdom

ModuleCo have provided a UCV Operating Theatre Suite with Recovery, a Children’s Ward and Observational Unit for the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, providing critical additional capacity and resilience to Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

In April 2021, a significant water leak occurred on the east wing of Doncaster Royal Infirmary, causing significant damage the electrical infrastructure and therefore forcing the relocation of some paediatric and maternity services.

Working with ModuleCo and Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP), the Trust took the decision to increase the hospital’s Operating Theatre and Ward capacity.

The Operating Theatre Suite provided: a 55m2 operating room with Howorth 28 skirtless UCV canopy with HEPA filters and an integrated 3-person scrub; a three-bed first stage recovery; anaesthetic room; sterile pack store; dirty utility; and IPS / UPS.

Detailed designs were developed by ModuleCo’s experienced in-house design team, consisting of a total of twenty-six modules which make up a 1,392m2 building footprint for the entire development.

The Ward and Observational Unit provided: 10No. two-bed ward rooms; 2No. single-bed rooms; 2No. high dependency rooms; a single cot bay; 2No. treatment rooms; 2No. assessment rooms; 3No. offices; waiting areas; reception; nurse bases; clean / dirty utilities; and staff change, WC and break rooms.

The new healthcare facilities were officially opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony on 10th December, by Richard Parker OBE, Chief Executive at DBTH, and Suzy Brain England, Chair of the Board at DBTH.

Dr Kirsty Edmondson Jones, Strategic Director of Estates and Facilities at the Trust, said: “This project has been a huge undertaking and the speed at which it has been achieved, from our initial conversations to seeing this facility constructed and operational, has been nothing short of breath taking.

“I want to share my thanks with our partners at ModuleCo, as well as those at Integrated Health Projects and VINCI Construction as well as members of the Estates and Facilities team within the Trust. Working closely with colleagues within my team, everyone involved in this project has pulled out all the stops and their dedication and endless can-do attitude will undoubtedly have a hugely positive effect on our patients this winter, and well into the future – thank you all once again.”

Richard Parker OBE, Chief Executive at the Trust, remarked: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to open these new facilities – and share my deepest thanks with those colleagues and partners who managed this project so adeptly and to such a tight schedule…With this new block we will be able to transition services back within the footprint of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, co-locating expertise once again, ensuring we have the relevant specialities and their staff all in one place.

“Crucially, this area is built to last and will help to increase our overall bed capacity throughout the challenging winter months, and, once our paediatric services are moved back to their original wards once repairs are complete in the main Women’s and Children’s Hospital block, this extension will be used for other inpatient services, while the theatre accommodation is one of the finest, if not the best, suite within the Trust, and will benefit patients for years to come.“