The company is already nearing completion of two operating theatres at the hospital which are due to be in service later this year, to help minimise the surgical backlog there following the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new contract, MTX will create a second-storey extension to the current single-storey development, adding a further two theatres to the original development, and creating a total of four, with ward accommodation and dedicated plantrooms. Being built on a former staff car park near the Princess Anne Maternity Unit, the four ‘ultra-modern’ theatres are designed ‘to work flexibly and adapt for inpatient and day case adult patients’. Day case surgeries that will be undertaken within them will include ENT, oral, urology, and general specialities.
By utilising Modern Methods of Construction, MTX says it can reduce build times by up to 50% ,and waste by up to 60%, while ensuring fully compliant facilities ‘of exceptional quality’. MD, David Hartley, said: “We are delighted to be building two further operating theatres at Royal Bolton. The latest contract award continues a five-year relationship with the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, and is testament to the hard work and expertise of the MTX team.”
MTX says the theatres will provide enhanced capacity for both Bolton and Greater Manchester, and help drive down waiting lists in the region. It said: “Careful management of the project by the MTX site team, combined with MMC principles, will limit disruption and enhance the speed of delivery, minimising the impact on patient care during the construction period.”