The new Interventional Radiology Unit at NNUH
The new Interventional Radiology Unit (IRU) will help NNUH to develop as a beacon nationally and training centre for interventional radiology.
The construction site, in front of the Emergency Department, has been established ahead of the work, which will see a modular building being craned on to the roof of the East wing this summer.
When complete, the NNUH will quadruple the number of interventional suites, placing the Trust among the biggest centres in the UK for interventional radiology.
The development will help meet increasing demand on services, reduce waiting times for patients and enable NNUH staff to offer new services in the future such as stroke thrombectomy where blood clots are directly removed from the brain following a stroke.
The Trust is taking an innovative approach to this expansion, working with specialists in modular heath care buildings.
The 1,450sqm space is currently being built offsite and will comprise of four large treatment rooms, two recovery wards with side rooms, nurse bases, anaesthetic rooms, offices, staff rest rooms, pre-assessment bays, prep rooms, scrubs, toilets and a main reception with waiting area.
Interventional radiology is a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery that uses radiological image guidance such as x-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions.
The new IRU is due to see its first patients from April 2020 and the vacated space will be used to expand the number of cardiology labs used to treat heart conditions at the NNUH to five. This will allow the cardiology department to carry out more complex electrical heart procedures for patients who currently have to travel to London for treatment.
MTX have been appointed as the principal contractor for IRU and will be working alongside architectural partners IBI Group, consulting engineers DSSR and structural engineers Rossi Long to deliver the project.