Benenden Hospital opens new £1.85m Sterile Services Department
5th August 2015
As part of the £45 million redevelopment of the Benenden Hospital site in Kent, a new £1.85m Sterile Services Department has been opened this week.
The unit is where theatre instruments and scopes used for diagnostic procedures on patients are cleaned, disinfected and sterilised. The department plays a vital role in infection control and the fight against hospital acquired infection.
Benenden Hospital is quite unique in having its own Sterile Services Department as many hospitals outsource this. The new department is equipped with the very latest in sterilisation equipment, purchased from Belimed, a world leader in infection control, with the unit built by CFES, a specialist contractor, who have recently completed the construction of a similar facility at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital in London.
Benenden Hospital has always had its own Sterile Services Department. A new and more modern one has been created as part of a £45 million redevelopment of the site, which will result in a state-of-the-art hospital, poised to meet future healthcare needs.
Attending the department opening were hospital governors, hospital directors and staff and representatives from CFES, Belimed and the Burgess Group who all worked on the project.
The new department has three main rooms: an autoclave room, an inspection assembly and packing room and a decontamination room.
In 2014 the hospital acquired infection rate at Benenden Hospital was 0.86%, compared to a national rate of 6%. Benenden Hospital has never had a case of hospital acquired MRSA bacteraemia.
At the opening Graham Goddard, the hospital’s redevelopment Project Director, said: “This new unit boasts some of the best decontamination equipment available.”
Graham Hadfield, Chair of the hospital’s Board of Governors, added: “We decided it was better to continue to have our own facility, not only so that we can have control over our own affairs, but also because we seek to have standards higher than anywhere else.”