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NHS ‘super centre’ delivered for Royal Free

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has partnered with CFES and Getinge to make its vision of an NHS-owned decontamination super centre a reality – offering the ability to improve services within the Trust, as well as other hospitals in the London area and beyond. Louise Frampton witnessed first-hand the scale of the operation on a visit to the state-of-the-art Enfield site.

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has built a new 32,000 sq ft decontamination super centre, capable of reprocessing 20 million instruments and 130,000 endoscopes. The £14 million state-of-the-art facility has improved decontamination services, by replacing ageing sterile services and endoscopy reprocessing departments across three hospital sites. At the same time, the super centre is opening up new sources of revenue for the Trust, by providing decontamination for other hospitals – allowing additional funds to be reinvested back into NHS services.

The existing facilities were reaching the end of their life and investment was required to maintain a compliant service across the Trust’s three main complexes – including Barnet, Chase Farm and Royal Free hospitals.

“The average washer-disinfector has a life expectancy of seven years, while an autoclave has an average life span of 10 years. At Barnet, the equipment had far exce

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Arab Health 2022

Dubai World Trade Centre
24th - 27th January

Knowlex Infection Prevention & Control 2022

National Conference Centre, Birmingham
8th - 9th February

Central Sterilising Club 60th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting

Crowne Plaza, Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR
4th - 5th April

iM Med Decontamination Academy Spring Conference

Royal College of Physicians, London
11th May 2022

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19th May 2022

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