Vanguard solution will help hospital cope with COVID-19 patients and winter pressures
A mobile clinic is helping to expand A&E capacity at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.
The building, from Vanguard Healthcare Solutions, is helping the hospital to cope with COVID-19 patients and annual winter pressures.
Providing additional assessment and treatment space, primarily for minor injuries, it is open seven days a week and is located in the car park opposite the main entrance to the A&E department.
The building contains a reception and patient waiting area, consultation rooms for seeing patients, a plaster room, clean and dirty utility rooms, a toilet, and cleaning store.
And the layout is designed with efficient patient flow in mind and to maximise available space.
Having a stand-alone facility next to A&E for assessing patients and treating minor injuries has made it easier to manage patient flow while maintaining social distancing, and means patients can be treated in a timely manner, in the most-suitable setting.
The temporary facility was designed in close collaboration with clinical staff as well as estates personnel from Bouygues E&S, which manages the hospital site.
Simon Squirrell, national sales manager at Vanguard, said: “The unit at Southmead Hospital provides the trust with a solution that will enable more-efficient streaming of patients coming through A&E, increase capacity, and reduce the pressure on the existing facilities.
“It has also allowed the trust to prepare for potentially-heightened demand from COVID-19 or seasonal pressures.”
The temporary facility will be on site for an initial period of six months.