Wilson Flowgrids used in new theatre complex

Wilson Flowgrids are being used in the £250m transformation and development of University Hospital Dorset NHS Trust at Poole Hospital. 

The total programme of works, which runs up to 2026, includes a new theatre building at the hospital. This brand-new purpose built five storey tower, which is an extension to the existing hospital building, will accommodate eight new state-of-the-art theatres

The completed building will also incorporate a four-table ‘barn’ theatre. The term ‘barn’ theatre refers to a design where the main surgical area is large and open-plan, with each patient treated in a dedicated space with an ultra-clean air canopy over each station. There will be screens in place to maintain patient privacy and dignity whilst in this area.

This open plan working supports optimisation of space allowing larger theatre areas that provides a high quality working environment, with more natural lighting.

The ultra-clean air canopy over each station creates a positive pressure around each operating table and acts as a barrier between each theatre area reducing the risk of cross contamination. Wilson Flowgrids with their inherent accuracy are integral to this ventilation process. Screens can be used to both protect patient privacy and dignity and also to further prevent the risk of cross contamination.

In addition to the four-table ‘barn’ theatre, a further four new theatres are included in the extension and refurbishment of the existing theatres and ward areas. This will create two dedicated surgical floors with a total of fifteen theatres on the Poole site.

Sensing Precision manufactured and delivered sixteen Wilson Flowgrids, (pictured) some of which also required honeycomb flow straighteners that provide an array of straight passageways, which reduce turbulence while minimising pressure drop.

Mr Richard Hartley, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the facility, commented. “We have an exciting opportunity to create, on a single floor at Poole hospital, a collection of operating theatres designed to support orthopaedic surgery including four large theatres within one space which will ensure we provide great care to patients and a state of the art working environment for staff.”

Environmental sustainability is central to the building development – The new theatre block will be constructed to a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standard – Which represents performance equivalent to the top 10 per cent of buildings in the UK.

Construction of the new theatre block commenced in January 2021 with completion planned for 2023.

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