Case Number 4635
Request Date 17/02/2016
Completion Date 08/03/2016

 

Details of the Request

1, Is the core instrument sterilisation service

  1. Run in house
  2. Onsite
  3. Out sourced to a separate trust
  4. Outsourced to a private company

 

2, How many instruments have been processed by the sterile services facility mentioned in question one.

  1. In 2014 (or that financial year)
  2. In 2015 (or that financial year)
  3. How many surgical instruments are anticipated to require sterilising in 2016?

 

3, How much has the trust spent annually on sterilising surgical instruments for the following years?

  1. Financial year 2013/14
  2. Financial year 2014/15
  3. How much has been budgeted or anticipated to be spent for the Financial year 2015/2016

 

4, How many staff are employed by the sterile service facility mention in question on, for the purposes of instrument sterilisation only, (i.e. exclude porters)

  1. Management/admin
  2. Team Leaders, supervisors, technicians

 

5, Does the trust provide decontamination and sterilisation services for re-usable surgical instruments to other customers who are not part of the trust? If so who?

 

6, In relation to surgical cancellations due to sterilisation failures..

  1. How many operations were cancelled in 2014 due to issues with sterilisation of the equipment
  2. How many operations have been cancelled in 2015 due to issues with sterilisation of the equipment

 

7, What where the costs associated with these cancellations

  1. 2014
  2. 2015

 

8, Of the instruments sterilised, approximately how many would be from dental/oral departments?

  1. In 2014 (or that financial year)
  2. In 2015 (or that financial year)

 

9, What Would the costs be for these instruments to dental/oral departments (Please state if approximate costs or not)

  1. In 2014 (or that financial year)
  2. In 2015 (or that financial year)

 

10, Does the trust use single use instruments?

 

Details of the Response

1, Is the core instrument sterilisation service

A) Run in house

 

2, How many instruments have been processed by the sterile services facility mentioned in question one.

A) In 2014 (or that financial year)

156,086 excluding Flexible Endoscopes

 

B) In 2015 (or that financial year)

until 03/03/16- 139,770, excluding Flexible Endoscopes

 

C) How many surgical instruments are anticipated to require sterilising in 2016?

Not known

 

3, How much has the trust spent annually on sterilising surgical instruments for the following years?

A) Financial year 2013/14: approx. £1.3 million

B) Financial year 2014/15: approx. £1.6 million

C) How much has been budgeted or anticipated to be spent for the Financial year 2015/2016: estimate £1.7 million

 

4, How many staff are employed by the sterile service facility mention in question on, for the purposes of instrument sterilisation only, (i.e. exclude porters)

A) Management/admin - 4

B) Team Leaders, supervisors, technicians - 37

 

5, Does the trust provide decontamination and sterilisation services for re-usable surgical instruments to other customers who are not part of the trust? If so who?

Yes, we provide sterilisation services for VirginCare and other local health centres and clinics.

 

6, In relation to surgical cancellations due to sterilisation failures

The Trust does not record sterilisation failures on equipment that lead to cancelled operations but we do record equipment failures or losses that cause cancellations.

 

7, What where the costs associated with these cancellations

See answer to Question 6 above: we have no record of the costs of cancellations that might arise as a result of issues with sterilisation of equipment.

 

8, Of the instruments sterilised, approximately how many would be from dental/oral departments?

A) In 2014 (or that financial year) - 15,806

B) In 2015 (or that financial year) until 03/03/16 - 14,911

 

9, What Would the costs be for these instruments to dental/oral departments (Please state if approximate costs or not)

A) In 2014 (or that financial year:

The department does not charge the oral department for this service.

 

B) In 2015 (or that financial year)

The department does not charge the oral department for this service.

 

10, Does the trust use single use instruments?

Yes, the Trust uses single use instruments.