The new Operating Theatres and Critical Care facilities at Leighton
Hospital have recently won a national award.
The Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM)
Awards are designed to recognise the work undertaken by their commercial
partners in association with public and private healthcare providers.
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), in partnership with
AFL Architects and Interserve Construction, were named as the winners of the
2014 Project Team of the Year Award for the work undertaken in creating the
state-of-the-art treatment facilities which opened earlier this year.
project saw the creation of eight Operating Theatres, 14 Critical Care bays and
14 recovery bed spaces, replacing facilities which were in place when the
hospital first opened in 1971. The new
building is adjacent to, and integrated with, the hospital’s existing Treatment Centre, which is currently undergoing
significant refurbishment to further support an increase in the quality and
safety of patient care available.
The new facilities feature the most up-to-date equipment available and
allow the people of Crewe, Nantwich and the surrounding areas to receive first
class treatment in a modern environment.
Speaking about the project, Mike Babb, Divisional Director of Estates
and Facilities at MCHFT, said: “The introduction of features such as linked
theatres, known as ‘barn’ theatres, in addition to the overall centralisation
of our theatres suites into one location, has enabled the creation of services
that are sustainable, deliver clinical efficiencies and help to enhance the
“The Trust recognises the importance of the physical environment on
patient care and recovery time. By working collaboratively with AFL Architects and
Interserve Construction we were able to develop the design in order to provide patients
with privacy and dignity with a non-clinical feel.
“Careful consideration was given to the views of patient representatives,
as well as to space, light and colour schemes and furnishings in order to
provide a home-like, but nonetheless state-of-the-art environment for our