General anaesthetic theatres
As a base specification, our theatres are set up for General Anaesthetic (GA) use and are installed with a rooftop plantroom or plant deck containing air-handing, heating and cooling systems in accordance with HTM03/1. Internally, it will be fitted out to Group 1 level with anaesthetic pendants, operating lamps, surgeons control panels etc. and will be electrically protected with an integrated UPS and IPS system.
Unless otherwise specified, a GA theatre suite will normally comprise a 54m2 operating room, anaesthetic room, scrub, dirty utility, corridor access circulation and a ‘lay-up’ prep room.
Our orthopaedic theatres are fitted with a laminar flow ‘ultra clean’ ventilation canopy. In terms of layout it will have all the same attributes as a GA theatre except that it contains a sterile pack store instead of a ‘lay-up’ prep, due to the convention that sterile packs should be opened under a sterile laminar air stream if available.
Large-scale theatre solutions can be provided in the form of day surgery facilities or larger elective surgery blocks.
Across a range of surgical disciplines, we have supplied general, orthopaedic and ophthalmic day surgeries that extend from single theatres up to 4 theatre cores.
These are bespoke facilities that should exactly reflect the needs and capacity requirements of the healthcare organisations they serve and they are most effectively specified and designed through a consultative process between our design team and the facility users.
To deliver these larger technical schemes we have developed over the years a tried and tested methodology of consultation and design iteration, resulting in a comprehensive set of room data sheets and C-Sheets which are agreed by all parties prior to production.
Our day surgery units can incorporate GA, orthopaedic or ophthalmic theatres, a combination or multiple of them and can include the following areas as required:
- Recovery – 1st, 2nd and 3rd stage
- Pre-op and post-op ward space
- Patient changing areas
- Waiting areas and public facilities
- Reception and nurse base
- Consulting rooms
- Staff change and rest facilities
All our theatres can be bespoke designed or enhanced to enable different uses or performance levels. For example, parts of the theatre can be lined with lead sheet to afford protection from X-rays if portable imaging equipment is to be used. Similarly, treatment to doors and vision panels can be applied if laser equipment is to be used. For Ophthalmic consideration, we can incorporate a concrete floor to negate the effects of vibration on sensitive floor-mounted equipment or the steel structure in the roof can be strengthened if ceiling-hung equipment is preferred. Air-handling systems can be specifically designed if necessary to achieve different operating parameters i.e. higher humidity levels sometimes required for plastic surgery.