Work on new critical care facility commences at the John Radcliffe Hospital

MTX Modular Building System chosen to deliver 48-bed critical care building

The new critical care facility will help to address capacity issues at the hospital during the COVID pandemic and beyond

Work has started on a new 48-bed critical care building at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

MTX will be constructing the new facility adopting MMC throughout the programme. The building will triple the number of ICU beds available for seriously-ill patients.

The hospital currently has 16 dedicated adult ICU beds at the hospital, and during the pandemic, other beds have also been used for intensive care.

The new £29m building is part of a regional approach for managing critical care demand and activity through the COVID-19 pandemic and will also support and alleviate future seasonal and epidemic pressures for the trust.

The first phase of the project is due for completion later in the spring, with full completion at the end of the year.

Current plans are for five floors – three clinical, one for storage and one for non-clinical services. There will also be a seminar room, staff room, and additional office space.

Modular buildings are increasingly being used by healthcare trusts to provide additional facilities in shorter timescales.

MTX managing director, David Hartley, explains: “The Modern Methods of Construction approach enables us to quickly deliver high-quality new hospital facilities cost effectively.

“Our modular buildings supplied to healthcare trusts are specifically created for medical use, with mechanical ventilation systems designed to optimise clean airflow and meet clinical needs.”

Dr Bruno Holthof, chief executive of the trust, adds: “We are incredibly pleased about this new building. Not only will it improve our critical care environment, but it will help us in planning for future demands on our services."

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