Time-lapse footage has captured building work on Derbyshire’s newest operating theatre at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre.
The theatre, which is due to open next February at a cost of £1.4million, will increase the number of hip and knee replacements carried out at the centre in Lindrick Way by one-third. In the last 12 months alone, more than 2,000 joint operations have been carried out on knees, hips and shoulders.
Martin Page, director of the centre, which will be run by Care UK on behalf of the NHS, said: “The theatre will be equipped to the very latest and highest specifications. The air filtration system will keep the theatre sterile and will assist us to maintain our ten-year record on zero hospital acquired infections.
“The new theatre will give us four fully functioning facilities and it will help us to significantly reduce the time many patients, experiencing the pain and inconvenience of worn joints, have to wait for treatment.”
Mike Butler, who is part of the MTX Construction team managing the project, added: “The time-lapse clip shows the second day of installation where the remaining five units were lifted into position, along with the rooftop steelwork and air handling plant.
“As shown on the film the pre-constructed modules arrive at the site generally complete with external cladding, windows, doors and internal linings.
“The facility is made up of ten of these modules in varying sizes that make up the new facility.
“As seen the ground floor units are installed without a floor, crane lifted directly on to a reinforced slab.
“This method allowed us to offer a superior internal ceiling height and the floor response factors required for a facility of this nature.
“In spite of the strong winds we encountered the building was installed successfully and on schedule.
“The facility is due to be handed over to Care UK on February 8, 2016.”