New surgical suite boasts latest technologies to reduce infection and improve environment for patients and staff
Salford Royal Hospital
Three new operating theatres are now fully operational at Salford Royal Hospital, thanks to a wide-ranging building services design from Steven Hunt & Associates.
One of the top-performing hospitals in the country, Salford Royal is a national centre for a wide range of specialist treatments, including brain, bone, kidney, intestine and dermatology. The new suite of three operating theatres, designed by Day Architectural, boasts some of the most-advanced building services infrastructure of any UK hospital, with the services for the three new operating theatres - H, J and K – engineered by Steven Hunt & Associates.
The company engineered theatre H as an ‘ultra clean’ theatre, suitable for orthopaedic procedures and any surgery where there is a high infection risk. This theatre includes an ultra-clean zone with a filtration canopy to deliver 500 air changes per hour with High Efficiency Particulate Absorption (HEPA) filtering, removing 99.99% of microscopic particles from the air. The remaining two theatres have been designed as general surgery facilities with Theatre K fitted out for laparoscopic procedures and Theatre J semi-enabled for the addition of laparoscopic capabilities in the future.
The building services design also includes a network of automated doors to reduce the risk of contamination from air circulating in the corridors and PACS panels recessed into the wall for viewing of X-rays, scan images and patient records direct from the hospital’s server.
Managing director of Steven Hunt & Associates, Steve Hunt, said: “This successful project builds on our track record in the healthcare sector and sets a new benchmark for technically-advanced operating environments. We have both accommodated the latest advances in healthcare technology and utilised our building services expertise to reduce infection control risk.”