Following the launch of the market’s first mobile endoscopy decontamination unit late last year; the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has become the first trust in the UK to bring the ground-breaking solution to its estate.
Partnering with EMS Healthcare, Quest+ Decontamination has been introduced at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield to support endoscope reprocessing services while vital department refurbishment work takes place.
The innovative unit will ensure the hospital can continue services without disruption to the department or its patients – removing the need to use external decontamination services.
The single trailer solution minimises the footprint required on site. Features include four RapidAER Reprocessors, a double endoscopy grade sink, integral RO plant, a track-and-trace system, and clean and dirty areas enabling a one-way flow for scopes.
Angela Fairbank, hospital sterilisation and decontamination department (HSDU) manager at the hospital, said: “As a trust that promotes the use of research and innovation to solve healthcare challenges, we are extremely proud to be at the forefront of this new solution.
”Without the Quest+ Decontamination unit, we were facing a period of sustained disruption to services and patients.
”EMS Healthcare came to us with a solution that could not only prevent this from happening, but could create significant efficiencies for the department.”
Keith Austin, chief executive of EMS Healthcare, added: “The onsite launch at Pinderfields Hospital is the culmination of a considered and collaborative development process for Quest+ Decontamination.
”We have worked closely with healthcare providers to create a solution that responds directly to the reprocessing challenges hospitals are facing, solving a major gap in the endoscopy market.
The launch at Pinderfields Hospital also marks the start of EMS Healthcare’s official partnership with reprocessing equipment provider, Cantel (UK); and RO plant provider, Veolia Water Technologies.
The partnership means the Quest+ Decontamination unit can now offer healthcare providers a one-stop solution for endoscopy reprocessing needs.
Austin said: “Cantel and Veolia stand with us in our efforts to aid hospitals in the delivery of uncompromised care and providing a turnkey solution is a major part of this.”
And Lorraine Gledhill, business development manager at Veolia Water Technologies UK, added: “We’re excited to be part of this first-of-its-kind solution for the endoscopy market.
”It’s the perfect solution that supplements any endoscopy department during their hospital refurbishment phases and we’re looking forward to seeing more trusts embrace the offering around the UK.”