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Portakabin delivers modular healthcare building in 12 weeks


Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust chose to work with Portakabin to achieve a critical deadline at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Taking just eight weeks to manufacture and install, the Rapid Assessment and Treatment centre contains five patient bays, a nurse’s station, compliant toilet facilities and a utility area.

With an emphasis on delivering healthcare facilities in a fraction of the time of site-based construction, offsite solutions can help to protect consistent patient care for health service providers such as the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

The unrelenting dedication and hard-working nature of NHS staff shouldn’t be the only thing health providers rely on when the pressure is on busy accident and emergency departments – best practice encourages hospitals to always be proactively planning care, assessing variations in risk and working towards high-quality continuation in healthcare. Portakabin specialises in this; providing space quickly, with no compromise on quality.

A 126m2 rapid assessment treatment centre was designed within four weeks of appointment with the wellbeing of the hospital’s patients at the very heart of it.

Working with a very tight building footprint, the centre was installed directly outside the hospital’s A&E department. By pre-empting any initial groundwork, the six modules were able to be craned in while the hospital remained fully open throughout December and January; one of the NHS’s busiest periods.

The building was fully occupied and operating to capacity within one week of handover.

“The building is there to ensure patients are seen and assessed as soon as they arrive at the hospital, no waiting in long queues or on ambulances,” said General Manager for Portakabin Refurbished, Graeme Robinson. “As healthcare design specialists, we understand how efficient triage means those patients needing urgent care are identified quickly.

“We moved at great speed on this one and delivered the centre within 12 weeks; four weeks to plan and design, four weeks to manufacture and four weeks on site. This is construction at its most efficient and involved a significant number of decision making meetings inside a very short timeframe. This type of turnaround is our speciality – we know how to make it happen.”

Consultant for emergency medicine Dr Abhishek Banerji said: “The rapid assessment and treatment centre has given us the much-needed space and facilities to support our A&E department during the very busy winter period. We’d like to thank Portakabin for installing the structure so quickly and with minimal disruption, enabling staff to continue providing the best care possible to our patients.”

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