Cornwall Hospital Instals New Modular Building Stroke Unit
The healthcare system in the UK is facing unprecedented challenges as we head into winter 2023. Waiting lists are at record levels, while resources and budgets are straining at their limits after years of austerity followed by a pandemic. Issues with recruitment and ongoing industrial disputes are serving to worsen a bad situation.
Further complications emerged at the end of the summer, when it was revealed that several NHS hospitals and other healthcare facilities have been impacted by the RAAC concrete crisis. One of the solutions to this problem has been an expansion of the use of modular buildings in the NHS estate.
Modular buildings are assembled mainly off-site, and can be transported to the required location and up and running within a very short timescale. This is obviously a huge advantage in the healthcare sector, when projects are often time-critical. The installation process causes minimal disruption to staff or patients.
Compared to traditional bricks and mortar construction, a portable building causes much less dust and noise pollution, and there is much less extra traffic generated through material deliveries, workforce and heavy plant machinery. For a healthcare facility, this is obviously a huge advantage.
Portable buildings cost considerably less than traditional construction methods, and inevitably this cost effectiveness allows the NHS to pass on the savings to other vital aspects of its service, such as developing and rolling out new treatments and improving diagnosis rates for serious diseases.
A hospital in Cornwall has recently announced that it will be taking advantage of all of these benefits by installing a new modular ward to support the rehabilitation of stroke patients. The government has provided £3m of funding for the scheme at Camborne and Redruth Community Hospital.
The unit will have a range of facilities, including a therapy gym, areas for visiting, family meetings, and speech and language therapy reviews.
Sue Greenwood, the hospital’s matron, said: “It has got everything that you would want in a stroke rehabilitation unit so we are able to maintain the care and what you would expect if you were to be looked after on Lanyon Ward.”
She added: “You could not wish to be looked after in a better place. The modular units that we can have in the NHS now are really good and robust. They are a really lovely environment without the bricks around the outside”.
“I am very lucky to have an amazingly dedicated team of staff who provide really high-quality care here at Camborne and Redruth Community Hospital. It is lovely to be able to reassure them that they are going into a unit that is going to support and continue all the great care that they deliver every day”.
This is just one of many examples of the ways in which the NHS has used modular buildings to expand and improve its facilities and level of care to patients.
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