Fitout of new orthopaedic centre starts on site

Interiors take shape at specialist facility in Didsbury

The Orthteam Centre will open next month

Work on a new orthopaedic consultation, diagnostic and treatment centre in Manchester continues, with the interior fitout starting this week.

The £4.5m facility was commissioned by OrthTeam and Spire Healthcare and was designed by Sheppard Robson, whose interior design team, ID:SR, are doing the fitout.

Covering 10,000sq ft of floor space, the building, to be known as the Orthteam Centre, will be part of Didsbury Technology Park.

The ground floor of the building will be split equally between consultation and diagnostic facilities, while the first floor will provide support spaces for clinical and administration staff.

The centre is served by a dedicated entrance and reception area, which provides access to a suite of consultation and examination rooms to one side, and a diagnostic suite providing ultrasound, digital X-ray, fluoroscopy and MRI facilities to the other, both focused around open, comfortable patient lounge areas.

At first-floor level, a range of accommodation has been designed to support use by both clinical and administrative staff, centred around an open and flexible staff lounge.

Equal attention has been paid to the quality of design and finish to the staff support areas, reflecting the importance of the health and wellbeing of employees.

And future flexibility has been incorporated throughout the design, enabling changes to be made quickly and easily with minimum physical alteration or disruption to services.

In particular, the diagnostic suite has been designed to facilitate the installation of a second MRI scanner with almost no material change to the accommodation.

The centre will deliver specialist orthopaedic, spinal, neuro and sports medicine consultations, along with diagnostic and treatment services.

It will be working in close partnership with the adjacent Spire Manchester Hospital, enabling both facilities to benefit from each other’s skills and resources.

Ben Tomlins, general manager of The OrthTeam Centre, said: “Our facility will set new standards in private healthcare for the delivery of musculoskeletal services.

“The compelling design and layout will meet the needs of our patients completely, in an environment that supports the provision of clinical excellence from our highly specialist consultants.”

Neil Whatford, associate at Sheppard Robson, added: “Through careful engagement, a thorough understanding of the principals of clinical process and design, and a creative approach to the specification of materials and finish; it has been possible to create an environment that will serve as a benchmark for this type of facility in the future.”

The build is due to be completed before the end of the year.

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