Twin CT installation at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Gloucester, Gloucestershire


Gloucestershire NHS


Gloucester, Gloucestershire


£4 million

Two new CT scanners and a refurbished radiology department at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital provide essential diagnostic services.

The challenge

Funds from a major charity donation became available to install two new CT scanners with a shared dual aspect control room at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. We were appointed to reorganise and expand the existing radiology department to allow for the new scanners. This required the structural reinforcement of floors and roof areas to convert existing office spaces into rooms suitable for the installation of the new scanners.

The project required complex working proposals across the entire radiology department, while allowing the department to continue operating and ensuring patient safety.

Our approach

We agreed a phased, safe redevelopment plan with local fire officers, departmental managers, and clinicians. This allowed construction work to progress while the busy department continued to operate without disruption.

Space limitations meant that we needed to think imaginatively, leading to the design of diagonally planned CT rooms with shared control and technology rooms. We worked closely with specialist equipment suppliers and clinical leads to create an efficient layout. Fully lead-lined rooms were delivered in line with agreements with radiation protection officers, and complex building services arrangements also required close working with team consultants and the main contractor.

"Working with Roberts Limbrick is a pleasure. They are professional, responsive, experienced and went the extra-mile to support and understand our requirements and to deliver this complex project in a busy working Radiology Department. They produced an imaginative design within challenging spatial constraints and have demonstrated their ability to ensure high standards in the healthcare environment."

Alex Holland, Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust

The results

Our design included improved patient flow along with outpatient waiting areas, reception, cannulation areas and inpatient facilities. This greatly improved both patient and staff experience

The new CT scanners provide essential diagnostic imaging services to patients in Gloucestershire, helping people with a range of conditions, from broken bones to cancer patients. The state-of-the-art scanners aid diagnosis and ease patient waiting times, providing invaluable information to the radiology team that can’t be identified by clinical examination alone.