The Need

Skåne University Hospital is Sweden’s third largest hospital and serves the city of Malmö as well as the surrounding region. An average of 128 operations are performed each day and the hospital is one of two national centres for cardio-thoracic surgery. A construction programme is ongoing but could take seven to ten years to complete.

During the build, an urgent need arose for increased operating theatre (OT) capacity, as the existing theatres did not meet the current safety requirements for high-risk orthopaedic procedures. The hospital’s management wanted an interim solution that would be quick to implement, while being robust enough in the medium to long term to fill the gap.

The Q-bital Plan

Having accepted the challenge, Q-bital worked closely with the hospital building team to prepare a plan that would deliver a modular OT complex within just 10 months.

The construction was not without its challenges. The interim facility needed to be integrated and connected to the existing OT department on the third floor of the hospital. This involved constructing the foundation, and a precision engineered steel construction, to align at the exact same height as the existing OT facility to ensure a seamless extension of the existing operating theatre complex.

Initial prefabrication was carried out at Q-bital’s production facility in the Netherlands with the final construction being completed at a ‘pop-up building site’ in the Malmö area.

The Q-bital Solution

An OT complex with a footprint of 324m2, providing two additional operating theatres and a preparation room, were built to meet the strictest requirements for high-risk orthopaedic procedures.

The operating rooms were equipped with the most advanced surgical lights and pendants. Q-bital also installed a video routing system and a building management system developed in-house. This proprietary system provides ongoing insight into all functional installations within the complex enabling a quicker response to any maintenance issues which may arise. In addition, it provides important information for the medical staff, allowing greater control of the ultra-clean environment.

As the operating theatres had to meet the most stringent requirements, an Opragon ultra-clean air system was installed to reduce the risk of infection during surgery. The operating theatres were validated according to the latest Swedish regulations: the entire operating theatre was tested for <10 CFU/m3, to ensure a safe, ultra-clean operating environment.

The Q-bital Outcome

The hospital was provided with the interim OT capacity they needed, in the form of two additional operating theatres and a preparation room which were fully integrated with the existing facilities to enhance capacity and provide a safe patient environment.

Q-bital completed the entire project from start to finish within just 10 months, to specification and within budget. The facility will serve the hospital for a period of seven to ten years providing increased capacity, efficiency and safety 24 hours a day.

The modular building concept offers a fully flexible solution, and the module can be recycled or repurposed when no longer required, providing an environmentally friendly alternative solution.