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New Endoscopy unit at Oldham Community Diagnostic Centre

By February 22, 2024May 8th, 2024Healthcare
Oldham Community Diagnostic Centre – Site levelling and compaction

MTX marks key milestone on new Endoscopy unit at Oldham Community Diagnostic Centre

Modern Methods of Construction specialist MTX has completed complex groundworks for the new Endoscopy unit in phase 2 of the new Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) in Oldham, one of the largest in the UK.

The application of MMC principles and the use of structural modules, which are pre-manufactured offsite while the groundworks are under way, are enabling MTX to deliver the high-quality healthcare facility faster, safer, greener and more cost-effectively than traditional building techniques.

Preparing foundations for the new 2-storey Endoscopy unit involved the removal and disposal of a substantial quantity of contaminated soil at the former factory site, and construction of a retaining wall to buttress the sloping site. The location includes a basement area and a former reservoir, which required specific measures to ensure effective site drainage.

MTX Project Lead Gareth Roberts explained: “MTX has worked extensively with the structural engineer to find a cost-effective solution for the groundworks, taking into account the challenges inherent in the site.  The ground remediation strategy was developed throughout the design stage.

“After thorough site investigations we created a detailed plan for dealing with the challenges and creating the foundations for the new unit, while at the same time MMC structural modules were manufactured offsite to shorten the project duration.

“Construction of the 1800m² Endoscopy Unit will involve using precisely engineered factory-built structural steel units which will be craned into position. MTX is proud to be involved in creating this exciting new facility which will benefit so many patients.”

The accommodation comprises three endoscopy procedure rooms, four consulting rooms, a waiting room for around 20 people, recovery areas, and various ancillary accommodation.  The first floor is occupied by an enclosed plantroom towards the rear of the building.

Barney Schofield, Director of Planning and Delivery at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, added: “We are excited that work is under way on our new Endoscopy unit at the Oldham Community Diagnostic Centre. The unit will give us advanced capabilities to diagnose illnesses such as cancers faster and earlier, within a convenient and accessible setting for patients.”

The Oldham CDC is a commercial partnership between the NCA, which runs The Royal Oldham Hospital, and Alliance Medical Limited, working alongside partners including Oldham Council, NHS Greater Manchester, and NHS England. It is one of the country’s largest out-of-hospital diagnostic centres.

The Endoscopy unit is part of the Phase 2 development of the Oldham CDC that opened in December 2022. Since opening, it has served over 30,000 patients in the region with capacity set to increase when the new unit is operational.

Community Diagnostic Centres are part of the government’s national investment to improve patient access to diagnostic care without the need to attend acute hospital sites, and they aim to offer an improved experience and outcome for patients.