Kevin Holder, Managing Director, Synergy Health with Jean O’Callaghan, Chief Executive, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and members of the Synergy Team
On Friday, 22 July, Jean O’Callaghan, Chief Executive, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust joined Kevin Holder, Managing Director, Synergy Health for a tour of the newly refurbished, purpose built 5000 square foot Theatre Sterilisation Service Unit (TSSU), situated on the old Battle Hospital site.
The service provides one of the most efficient and flexible services in the country for the decontamination and sterilisation of medical instruments and devices, and plays a major part in helping the Trust retain very low infection rates for its local patient population.
Before the tour began Jean met the team and thanked them: “This is a super facility and our partnership with Synergy Health is a great example of public and private sector working well together.
“It is incredibly important for the teams at the Trust to be confident that the instruments they use every day have been thoroughly cleaned, checked and through a rigorous sterilisation process. The safety of our patients is paramount, and I thank you all for the part you play in helping us keep them safe.”
The refurbishment, funded by the Trust and project managed by Synergy Health comprised of a complete upgrade of equipment and a full refurbishment of the building, including a reconfiguration of space to provide additional capacity for the installation of a number of new higher specification autoclaves and washers, enabling better work flow, higher instrument processing volumes and the added ability to process surgical robotic devices.
Operated by specialist technicians that have an unrivalled knowledge of thousands of reusable surgical instruments utilised across all specialities of surgery, the service processes over 2.9 million instruments per year.
Reprocessing is a technically advanced procedure that consists of: dismantling, inspecting, cleaning and decontaminating, identifying, testing functionality, re-assembling and packaging surgical instruments. The new facility ensures that all re-usable medical devices processed through the department are decontaminated and sterilised to the highest standards to ensure the safety of our patients. It is certified every year by an external body and has ISO9001:2008, EN ISO 13485:2012 and EC Certification for production quality assurance Directive 93/42/EEC for medical devices annex V accreditation.
Full tracking and traceability of the Trusts surgical inventory is also provided via a software management system which offers a full audit trail and ‘peace of mind’ that each process is followed correctly for every surgical instrument and according to the stringent standards required. All medical instruments used in an operation are counted in and counted out in line with the World Health Organisation’s Guidelines.
The current contract between Synergy Health and the Trust has been in operation since 2014 and has brought many benefits, including a £3.6 million saving for the Trust over the six year period.