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Achieving high standards in scope reprocessing

A new state-of-the-art endoscope reprocessing unit at the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital is ensuring the highest levels of patient safety, while reducing decontamination costs.

Decontamination lead, Wayne Keane, reveals how  the unit’s high specification and advanced safety features have not only impressed JAG auditors, but also improved the working environment  and welfare for operators. CSJ provides an insight into the new unit.

Serving a catchment population of 300,000 people, the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital is undergoing a programme of major redevelopment, to ensure it continues to meet the growing demands of the local community. This redevelopment will provide a range of improved facilities, including a suite of operating theatres and a new, high specification endoscopy decontamination unit. Designed to meet the highest standards of compliance with National guidance, the endoscope reprocessing facility boasts a variety of advanced technologies and design features that will enhance decontamination services at the Trust.  

Sterile services unit manager / decontamination lead, Wayne Keane closely supervised the project and believes the specification has not only set high standards for the healthcare sector, but is breaking new ground in key aspects of the design: “The new endoscopy reprocessing unit had been a dream for a long time, and with the backing of the Trust, I firmly believe that we now have one of the best centralised decontamination units within the UK,” commented Wayne. 

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