Darwin Group creates ultraclean theatres in Lincolnshire

Darwin Group

Healthcare, design and build modern methods of construction (MMC) main contractor, Darwin Group, has begun work on two new operating theatres at Grantham and District Hospital in Lincolnshire, commissioned by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT).

The 894 square metre new build also includes preparation rooms, utility facilities, a six-bed stage 1 recovery ward, staff rest areas and ancillary spaces. The project includes the installation of an ultraclean ventilation system.

Darwin Group will be responsible for all works as part of its turnkey service, including the management of specialist theatre equipment installation.

Groundworks started last November, with the theatres due for handover in the summer.

Alan Davidson, healthcare director of design and building contractor MMC at Darwin Group, said: “We are thrilled to have broken ground on this new healthcare project for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Providing new facilities through innovative next-generation modular solutions allows us to work closely with the trust’s clinical team and stakeholders throughout the build to ensure complete delivery against the project requirements.”

Paul Matthew, director of finance and digital at ULHT, added: “This exciting project represents a £5.3 million investment in surgery services. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our Grantham teams have been pivotal in helping to ensure patients have been able to continue to access potentially life-saving procedures and once these new theatres are in place, it will increase our available theatre capacity by 50% on the site.

“This additional capacity, delivered by a dedicated and highly trained team who can operate seven days a week, will support our efforts to reduce waiting times, with a proportion of this also dedicated to patients who require surgery for the treatment of cancer.”

Date published: March 25, 2022

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