In February, we announced plans to establish four new modular operating theatres on the Queen Mary’s Hospital site.

The facility is being set up as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to longer waiting times for patients waiting for routine operations and procedures across south west London.

The new facility is in the process of being constructed, and will be located in the central area of the main car park at Queen Mary’s. It will also be available for use by surgical teams from the other hospitals in South West London.

The mobile operating theatres are separate to the Covid-19 vaccine hub, run by South West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is also situated on the Queen Mary’s hospital car park (rear). The vaccine hub opened on Monday 15 March.

The modular operating theatres and vaccine hub will enable the NHS in south west London to ensure patients receive the treatment they need, and get protected against the Covid-19 virus – which is why we are working so rapidly to get both facilities up and running.  

Progress update

Modular operating theatres:

Preparatory works are now complete, and work to install the modular operating theatres on the hospital car park at Queen Mary’s will begin on Monday 15 March.

A large crane will be used to lift the units into place. The project team are working hard to ensure disruption and noise is kept to an absolute minimum, and we expect all units to be in place by the end of March.

We would like to apologise in advance to local residents for any inconvenience this may cause. We have chosen the modular units deliberately to ensure speed of construction, and to reduce the impact on the site.

The number of Queen Mary’s hospital parking spaces will be reduced as a result of the works, and access to the hospital site is also likely to take longer for a temporary period – although traffic marshalls will be on hand to help manage traffic flow. The facility will be single story only.

Covid-19 vaccine hub:

A Covid-19 vaccination opened on Monday 15 March in the Queen Mary’s hospital car park.

Opening the hub is an important step for Roehampton, giving residents local access to the Covid-19 vaccine in an area which has been deeply affected by the pandemic.

As stated above, the modular operating theatres and Covid-19 vaccine hub are a crucial part of the local NHS’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, we also appreciate the creation of both facilities on the Queen Mary’s Hospital site will result in some temporary disruption on the site, particularly whilst the initial works to get both facilities up and running are being undertaken.