A new 30-bed ward is being designed and built at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert by modular construction market leader Portakabin.

The ward, which is the final step in the development of the new National Treatment Centre - Forth Valley, will enable around 1,500 additional operations to be carried out each year supported by more than 90 additional staff across a range of disciplines.

The brand-new ward will have 30 ensuite bedrooms, two of which are specially adapted for bariatric use, along with key ward facilities such as waiting rooms, nurse stations, a multidisciplinary team (MDT) room, consultation room and a reception.  It is being funded with the support of a £17m national investment for the new National Treatment Centre which includes two additional operating theatres and an additional state-of-the-art MRI scanner to increase surgical and diagnostic capacity.

Work began in June 2022 and the new ward is expected to be operational in early 2023.

By opting for Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), the ward can be delivered in a considerably quicker time than traditional construction and still meet the same high standards required.

With over 60 years’ experience delivering state-of-the-art clinical and non-clinical space, market leaders Portakabin has excellent experience in delivering facilities ranging from whole hospitals through to operating theatres, laboratories and A&E units.

Lee Connolly, Head of Project Design and Engineering at Portakabin, comments: “With increasing pressure on the NHS, we know how much this new facility will mean to the local community and are delighted to be able to help support staff in continuing to provide high quality, safe and effective health care.

“The new Forth Valley facility will form part of a network of new National Treatment Centres being developed to increase capacity and reduce waiting times across NHS Scotland.

“A modular solution from Portakabin enables the hospital to quickly adapt to keep up with changing patient demands, without comprising on quality or complexity.

“The facility has all the capabilities of a typical build with a shorter programme time thanks to the flexibility and speed of modular construction.”