Table 4

Theatre list design for routine and complex IPUs

Routine listComplex list
IPU groupRoutine IPU patientsComplex IPU patients
Patients per listUp to 8–10 per 4-hour sessionUp to 6 per 4-hour session
Operating staffConsultant/senior trainee
Operating department practitioner
± junior trainee surgeon able to complete surgery within 20 min
Consultant surgeon
± any level trainee surgeon
Time30 minExtra time required >30 min
Early recovery phaseReduced to 4–5 patients to start
Double tandem theatre teams
Not performed
Full service phaseWork towards high volume lists
Build initiative lists to clear backlog
Reduced list initially and slow recovery
  • IPU, integrated practice units.