Lynda says there are many special features that ensure this theatre is state-of-the-art.
Staff and patients enter through ‘no touch’ doors that maintain privacy while improving infection control. “You just wave your hand in front of the sensor and it opens. You feel like you’re in Star Trek!” Lynda enthuses. “You have to deliberately open them though – in some hospitals the doors will open if you just walk past which isn’t great for patient privacy.”
Wall-mounted monitors report on everything from the humidity and temperature of the room, to what’s happening with surgical equipment. All procedures are visible on a large screen so everyone involved can see what’s going on.
“We’re future-proofing to meet standards of the future. Our drug safe for example has extra security features which means even if a swipe card is stolen, you wouldn’t be able to open it without knowing exactly what to do.
“We also have natural light in the theatres which is unusual. The blinds are automated to come down themselves as soon as the lights turn off.”
An adjacent reprocessing room features new endoscope drying cabinets which can safely store endoscopes for up to seven days. Cubro also supplied a new scope washer and height-adjustable sinks. Covid-19 threw a slight spanner in the works when the chemicals required to operate the scope washer were delayed. But Lynda was impressed at Cubro’s response to ensure the theatre could still open as planned.
“They actually went the extra mile and got a scope washer for us that we had been using at our town site that we were no longer going to use…".