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Hospital agrees to plan over sterile services

Thursday 30th April 2009
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A hospital which was having problems with its sterile services provider has agreed to an action plan with the firm in question.

Over the last three months, staff at Wythenshawe Hospital had to cancel six operations because of delays in the process of cleaning surgical instruments, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Among the problems reported were equipment going missing and packaging being broken - rendering instruments unusable.

Recently, staff from sterile services provider Synergy visited Wythenshawe Hospital and drew up an action plan.

As part of the agreement, Synergy said it would improve the packaging it puts cleaned instruments in.

In a joint statement, Synergy and the hospital said: "A joint action plan has been developed to address underlying technical difficulties, including the packaging needed to ensure sterile surgical instruments trays are not compromised."

Wythenshawe Hospital is run by the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.

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Written by Angela Newbury

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