21 new operating theatres have been built for the Vital Functions Department of the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht). The renewal was necessary because more and more equipment is now required during an operation. The new operating theatres are larger in size and equipped with the latest equipment and air handling systems.
In the heart of the UMC in Utrecht there were two obsolete surgical departments. Two new departments were realised to replace these. In the first phase a new surgical department was built (9 theatres for the Surgical Treatment Centre) on the ground floor. The second phase involved the demolition and new construction of the second surgical department (12 theatres for the Innovative Operations Centre) on the fourth floor of the hospital.
During the construction work, the UMC made use of the Major Incident Hospital and a number of operating theatres were used more frequently so that surgical interventions could continue. As a result, measures have been taken to limit/prevent nuisance with regard to dust, noise, vibrations and logistical flows in order to guarantee the operational continuity of the hospital for staff, patient and visitor flows. Safety, quality and efficiency were of the highest priority during the construction process.
The theatres have stepped into the 21st century and are equipped with the latest equipment and air handling systems to provide the most complex care. A special communication system can quickly share crucial information outside the operating theatre, which speeds up an intervention. Every theatre now has a viewing room with image and voice connection.