New mobile operating theatre at Rugby’s Hospital of St Cross

Inside the temporary operating theatre
Inside the temporary operating theatre

A state-of-the-art mobile operating theatre will receive its first patients at the Hospital of St Cross from next week.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) is introducing the mobile operating facility to increase capacity at the Rugby hospital and reduce waiting times for procedures at the Trust.

Once the unit is fully operational it will enable around 40 more operations to be performed each week, covering a number of specialties.

Vanguard Healthcare will provide the theatre staff while the surgeons and anaesthetists will be from UHCW.

The unit is comprised of a laminar flow theatre, anaesthetic room and 2/3 bed first stage recovery area.

To ensure infections are minimised, the mobile units feature a HEPA filtered environmental air filtration system.

The new theatre will be installed outside Day Surgery, adjacent to the Owen Building, for eight months.

Juliet Starkey, group manager for the Hospital of St Cross, said: “This is a fully functioning mobile theatre, the kind that has been used in many sites around the country.

“By increasing theatre capacity within the hospital, we will be able to treat patients quicker and reduce their waiting times.

“Local residents often remark how they want to be seen and treated within Rugby and the new installation enables this to happen for more of our patients.”

The installation means that the current road to the Day Surgery entrance will be closed.

During that time access will only be possible to the disabled car parking spaces and for deliveries, via the ramp in the centre of the car park.

Patients wishing to attend for blood taking or other appointments in the vicinity are advised that they can use any of the other onsite public car parks.

The thirty minutes of free car parking is still available.

Ian Gillespie, chief executive at Vanguard Healthcare, said: “Vanguard Healthcare is delighted to assist the Hospital of St.Cross maintain its excellent standard of patient care by providing them with additional clinical capacity.”

Vanguard Healthcare has seen over 195,000 patients operated on within its facilities.