Operating theatres take shape at private hospital

  • 19th February 2024

An artist’s impression of the new extension (Vanguard Healthcare Solutions)

Nuffield Health Tees Hospital and Vanguard have begun the construction of two new operating theatres to support NHS and private patients.

Building work has started on the two-story, purpose-built extension which will house two modern, spacious operating theatres, replacing the hospital’s two existing theatres, which are 43 years old.

Both new theatres will enable the hospital to offer a wider range of surgical activities to local people and the anticipated completion date is September this year.

Stacey Brunton, Nuffield Health’s health system director at Nuffield Health Tees Hospital, said: “It’s fantastic news to start construction of our hospital’s two new operating theatres in collaboration with Vanguard Healthcare Solutions.

“They will provide leading clinical facilities for our consultants and talented clinicians to provide best-in-class connected healthcare to support the health and wellbeing needs of NHS and privately-paying patients.

“This includes people from the local community needing joint replacements, spinal care, eyecare, prostate, gynaecology, and women’s health services.”

Nuffield Health Tees Hospital has partnered with Vanguard Healthcare Solutions to design and build the new theatres, which will be constructed using modern methods of construction (MMC).

The modular buildings will largely be completed offsite, minimising the impact on the hospital’s neighbours.

As part of the construction, more parking spaces will also be created at the hospital site in Stockton-on-Tees.

Lindsay Dransfield, Vanguard Healthcare Solutions’ chief commercial officer, said: “Modular construction is faster, more environmentally friendly, less disruptive, and offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional building methods.

“The majority of construction is completed offsite, minimising the impact on a busy site and for the hospital’s neighbours.

“This project will help Nuffield Health Tees Hospital continue to deliver a vital health and wellbeing service to support the individual needs of the local community for many years to come.”

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