ModuleCo are delighted to have provided a modular endoscopy and training centre at Torbay Hospital, in partnership with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. The facility is the first of a two-phase project that will also see cutting-edge modular operating theatres delivered on the same hospital site.
The ground floor endoscopy department will serve patients awaiting diagnosis and treatment for cancer and bowel disease. The training centre, located on the first floor, will provide training services for the region’s future NHS endoscopists and nurses.
The endoscopy unit was funded by NHS England to assist with diagnostic delays and improve cancer outcomes. It was designed, manufactured, and delivered in only seven months from order. This is the second endoscopy facility that our team has delivered to Torbay Hospital, having provided a modular endoscopy suite back in 2003.
The state-of-the-art healthcare facility incorporates two procedure rooms, operating with a dual-access dirty utility and a scope store. The procedure rooms are supported by a six-bed recovery area, split to enable gender separation and each equipped with bariatric provision. The facility was designed with all required supporting accommodation, consisting of multiple pre-admission rooms, staff rest areas, offices, a seminar space and storage.
Our short site programme of eleven weeks reduced the hospital’s level of downtime for endoscopy, quickly allowing them to bring services back online. This was a key driving factor for the Trust and one that highlights the benefits of ModuleCo’s off-site ‘factory-first’ approach whereby up to 90% of the construction process takes place away from the hospital site at our specialist manufacturing centre in Gloucestershire.
A formal opening of the facility took place on 14th November 2023 by chairman Sir Richard Ibbotson and Lord Julian Darling, receiving a very positive response from staff at the Hospital who were “…delighted by the quality of the finish”. The opening marked a significant milestone in the Trust’s “Building a Brighter Future” programme to improve patient experience and outcome of care.
Matt Guppy, Senior Project Manager Engineer, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Amazing work by the whole team who have assisted us in delivering a fantastic new facility for the Endoscopy department here at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, on time and within budget!”.
Dr James Neale, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Lead for Endoscopy at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘Early detection of lower and upper gastro-intestinal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease is so important to give people the best possible outcomes. We are committed to making sure people are seen and can begin their care as quickly as possible, and our new centre will enable us to see and treat more people, reduce waiting times, and improve people’s experiences and outcomes’.