Over 600 NHS frontline staff, many of them infection control specialists, were asked to make suggestions on the types of new product that they felt might best help combat Healthcare Acquired Infections (HCAIs) within hospitals and healthcare facilities.
In 2008, the Department of Health in concert with the NHS National Innovation Centre and Renfrew Group International, began developing concept designs for an isolation tent for use on wards. All parties worked collaboratively to devise several solutions that could be quickly and easily be erected within a busy ward to provide an effective barrier against infection spread from the patient housed inside to visitors, staff and others on the ward. The resultant isolation unit subsequently became known as the Temporary Side Room (TSR).
The core requirement for use of the TSR within the NHS was estimated at 3000 units, but other potential applications such as those in military and disaster relief field hospitals have also been cited.