RSC contains two state of the art operating rooms (OR), and will expand to three as demand increases. There are six post anaesthetic care beds and a second stage recovery area. Two of the first stage recovery beds are in separate rooms with en suites. These rooms are designed to accommodate children as they awaken from their anaesthetic or for anyone requiring a more private or longer than normal stay in first stage recovery.
The facility will also provide an endoscopy service, a number of specialist consulting rooms, and a procedure room. A number of non surgical specialists will visit RSC.
Whilst RSC initially will be a purely daycase facility, provisions have been made for 6-8 overnight beds. Opening of the overnight beds will be dependent on need and done with the clinical board's close oversight.
The key principles guiding the design of the operating rooms were comfort, efficiency and infection control. The OR suite is designed to promote a one-way system of moving people and equipment. This means that people coming into the unit for a procedure will not cross paths with those who have just had surgery or with used equipment. The OR suite also incorporates a large, pleasant waiting area and administration offices.
The operating rooms are 7m x 7m in size and are fitted out with the latest equipment.
The sterile services department is designed to meet the highest European standards. It contains a separate endoscopy reprocessing room, a dirty utility room, a decontamination area, packing area, sterilisation area, decanting room and a large sterile storeroom.
The wellbeing of staff and the creation of a pleasant working environment has been a vital consideration throughout the design process. The staff tearoom, reception and two of the consulting rooms look out of floor to ceiling windows to expansive rural views. Maximising the use of natural light has been a key design factor and one of the major features of the building is the amount of glass incorporated into the design.
The site has plenty of room for future expansion.