The Cambridge Movement Surgical Hub is designed to increase orthopaedic capacity at Addenbrooke’s Hospital by 20 per cent – to around 2,700 procedures annually. It includes three new operating theatres and links to two adjacent wards upgraded by MTX to provide 40 dedicated surgical beds for patients undergoing planned orthopaedic surgery.
MTX employed MMC principles to deliver ‘faster, greener, safer and more cost-effective’ completion of the project. The single-storey facility housing the new theatres has been created using 64 precisely engineered steel modules manufactured off site. They were assembled with concrete floor screeds poured to deliver the required response factor for optimum surgical efficiency.
Once the structural stage was complete, internal and external finishing was undertaken, with fit-out using mechanical, electrical, and plumbing modules designed and manufactured for assembly on site, and installation of furniture, fittings, and other equipment. Handed over in October, the new theatres will be used primarily for orthopaedic operations to help cut waiting lists for routine orthopaedic operations such as knee and hip replacements. They connect with dedicated wards to provide 40 surgical beds for patients recovering from planned operations. MTX upgraded the ventilation systems for the linked wards originally built in 2021 as part of the COVID-19 response.
The overall size of new building is more than 2500 m² — including the self-contained plant room located on top of the new unit which will house seven air-handling units to serve the three theatres, and deliver the clean air so vital for rapid recovery of orthopaedic surgery patients.
As main contractor, MTX worked with multiple partners to create the new operating theatres – including Howorth Air Technology, which supplied and commissioned the clean air systems, and supplied the medical gases and services pendants. Bender UK provided medical IT critical power systems, and the operating lamps are from Maquet.
The site of the new operating theatres is close to the hospital’s helipad, so special care was taken in designing site movements, and in the use of cranes to lift into place the pre-manufactured structural steel modules.
MTX MD, David Hartley, said: “Operating theatres and other facilities created for NHS Trusts by MTX are specifically engineered for medical use. The unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital is equipped with ventilation systems designed to optimise clean air flow and meet clinical needs.
“Our expertise in more effectively applying MMC principles is proven to deliver compliant, high-quality new hospital facilities more quickly and cost-effectively, ensuring an earlier return on investment for the Trust, and improved outcomes for patients.”
Addenbrooke’s Hospital is an internationally renowned teaching hospital and research centre, with strong affiliations to the University of Cambridge, based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, and run by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH).
The new network of over 50 planned surgical hubs across England will focus mainly on providing high-volume low complexity surgery, as recommended by the Royal College of Surgeons. Improving quality and efficiency means patients have shorter waits for surgery, are more likely to go home on the same day, and are less likely to need additional treatment.
Andrew McCaskie, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at CUH, and Professor Of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Cambridge, leads research and training for the new Cambridge Movement Surgical Hub. He explained: “The dedicated space and innovative care pathways within the Cambridge Movement Surgical Hub will make a huge difference for the many hundreds of patients waiting long periods for their surgery, often living in pain and struggling to stay active. In addition, the hub will help those with bone and joint disease more widely, by greatly facilitating our research and innovation into current and future treatments.”