Mobile theatre and clinic will help cut ophthalmology waiting list
The mobile theatre and clinic will be on site at Charing Cross Hospital for the next year
Vanguard Healthcare Solutions has delivered a mobile laminar flow operating theatre and clinic for Charing Cross Hospital.
The facility, commissioned by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, will be used for ophthalmic procedures, providing additional surgical capacity within the main hospital for more-complex procedures.
Designed, built, and installed by Vanguard, the mobile laminar flow theatre includes an anaesthetic room, operating theatre, first-stage recovery area, and staff changing and utility areas.
It also produces HEPA-filtered environmental air, conforming to Grade A EUGMP, and enabling up to 600 air changes per hour and 25 fresh air changes.
The facility will be operating six days a week and will be in place for a year, enabling the trust to see and treat more patients.
Nicola Wiles, divisional systems resilience lead and improvement coach at the trust, said: “Vanguard brought the facility to Charing Cross Hospital in mid-February and in under four weeks we were ready to welcome our first patients.
“The installation and commissioning teams have work in collaboration with trust staff and have provided invaluable support to prepare our theatres team.”
Maxine Lawson, account manager at Vanguard, added: “Every project we work on is unique and tailored to the client and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust approached us with a need to increase surgical capacity and this bespoke facility was designed to best fit these needs.
“We look forward to seeing an increase in ophthalmic procedures at the hospital as a result.”