P+HS Architects have successfully completed an important refurbishment project for Northumbria Healthcare NHS delivering major improvements to six Operating Theatres at Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington. A centre of excellence for planned and ongoing care the hospital performs almost 7,000 operations every year. Around half of these are orthopaedic operations such as hip and knee replacements.
The project, implemented in two phases to minimise disruption and theatre down-time, involved significant space redesign to improve staff and patient flow and upgrades to theatre equipment. As well as a much improved theatre environment and the latest technology, the works have created additional laminar flow theatres providing more flexibility to accommodate different types of surgery including spinal and orthopaedic surgeries. As a result, this will make the running of the department more efficient and could lead to shorter waiting times for patients.
Mr Scott Muller, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and lead for the project, said: “We have a highly skilled workforce who deliver surgical care to people from across the region and beyond. With this investment, our theatres will become a state-of-the art facility that reflect the highest standards of care that our patients rightly expect. This redevelopment will ensure the facility remains best in class thereby cementing Wansbeck hospital as a major provider of elective surgery for years to come.”
James Almond, Director at P+HS Architects said: “P+HS Architects were delighted to work with Northumbria NHS on this important project. The major refurbishment has transformed the hospital’s existing facilities to provide six state of the art operating theatres and ancillary support accommodation. Our team have worked closely with staff and clinicians to incorporate the latest technology, agree layouts and optimise workflow to ensure that the new facility will deliver the best patient experience and a safer, more efficient working environment, fit for 21st century healthcare demands and leading in the fightback to recovery post-Covid19.”