DKA were appointed by Capita Health to develop the feasibility design and prepare tender information for the refurbishment of the operating theatres department at Weston General Hospital. All four operating theatres required upgrades to meet the latest requirements for fire protection, infection control and patient privacy. At the same time, new lamina flow systems were to be installed to increase the range of procedures available.
We had to balance a tight budget along with complex phasing of the work. This meant keeping three out of four operating theatres in use while refurbishing one theatre at a time. We were required to establish a phasing plan that provided contractor access while maintaining uninterrupted operation of the rest of the department.
We worked closely with both the department operational team, infection control advisors, the trust’s fire officer and estates team to ensure the proposals met their requirements at each phase of work.
The success of the design and implementation for the Weston General Hospital theatres led to DKA being asked back to the hospital to refurbish the Day Theatre Surgery Suite, ensuring again that it matched the fire protection and infection control standards of the Operating Theatres.