Spire Hartswood Hospital has made its third major capital investment in three years by installing a new Sterile Services Department (SSD). The SSD, which cost nearly one million pounds to build, enables the hospital to wash, disinfect and sterilise all of its operating theatre instruments on site to the latest regulatory standards.
Mr Sunil Kumar, consultant orthopaedic surgeon and Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee is impressed: “The Hartswood has always taken its healthcare standards seriously. This investment brings its facilities up to a standard that ensures, as far as possible, that patients are being treated in a clean and safe environment.”
“Having an SSD on site also allows the hospital to have a quicker turnaround time for theatre instruments. This is positive for surgeons and patients because the hospital can supply a faster, and more reliable service to meet patient demand, can do urgent operations at short notice, and does not risk cancellation of operations due to transport problems.”
The SSD is split into four separate areas: the wash room where all the instruments are washed after they are used in theatre; the clean room where washed and disinfected instruments are packed into sets for sterilising; the autoclaves where the sets are sterilised; and the stores where the sets are kept until needed by theatre.
The clean room has a high pressure environment which prevents any particles from the other areas getting into the room. It has its own air system which replenishes 20 times an hour to help ensure the air is as pure and clean as possible. Employees working in the clean room have to wear protective overalls and even have their own cleaning equipment which will not be used anywhere else in the hospital to avoid contamination.
Hospital Director, Mark Gilmour comments: “This work continues our huge programme of investment aimed at delivering the highest standards of care and service.”
Spire Hartswood Hospital publishes its Healthcare Standards here.