Operating theatre design

With a growing backlog of elective surgery, and an aging population with ever-increasing demands on our health service, well-designed operating theatres become a very important part of any hospital estate. Whether it’s for orthopaedic work with complex mechanical and electrical requirements, or for day surgery work with less acuity, thought must be given in the design of operation theatres to maximise throughput and operational efficiency, as well as minimising the risk of infection transmission.

Repeatable rooms – operating theatre design

Surgical procedures undertaken in this space may be performed under local or general anaesthetic, so the patient may be connected to an anaesthetic machine and transferred from the operating table to a bed or trolley once the procedure is complete.

Electronic patient records (EPRs) may be accessed and updated during a patient’s stay, with data and notes being analysed throughout. Lists of the day’s operations should be displayed clearly for clinicians to view, with computers available to access information and to view film or computer-generated images.

Surgical instruments should be easily accessible during the procedure with ample space to assemble and connect other mobile equipment. The space should have direct access to a preparation room, scrub up room and utility room with an anaesthetic room when provided. “In Use” signage should be visible from outside the theatre to indicate when a procedure is taking place. 

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* Visuals detailed on this page are an artist’s impression. For a detailed specification brochure, please get in touch.