Sterile Services Department in Daisy Hill Hospital commended

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Thursday, November 5th, 2015
The Sterile Services Department (SSD) based in Daisy Hill Hospital is a hidden but very important cog in the running of the hospital.
(L- R) Ryan McAlinden, Maurice Wright, Joanne Morrison, Angela Turley, Anne Hawthorne & Celine Shields

(L- R) Ryan McAlinden, Maurice Wright, Joanne Morrison, Angela Turley, Anne Hawthorne & Celine Shields

The team is responsible for the very specialist decontamination process on medical devices and ensuring that all theatre equipment is safe to use. Each day the SSD team processes hundreds of surgical instrument sets and thousands of different surgical instruments, such as scissors, artery forceps, needle holders and retractors for use in theatres, outpatient and community clinics and GP surgeries. After use the instrument sets are returned to the SSD where they are checked and counted and then processed through washer disinfectors. Once fully cleansed, the technicians inspect the surgical instruments to ensure that they are clean and working properly. The instrument sets are then wrapped and sterilised before being dispatched back to the user. Ann Hawthorne, the Sterile Services Production Manager, complimented her team’s commitment and efforts. “It’s just constant, we need to know what equipment is required each day. It’s vital we maintain a strong relationship with the teams in theatres and liaise continuously. “Thankfully communications are strong and we’ve got a good hard working team here constantly providing the safe clean instruments each day,” she added. Anita Carroll, Assistant Director of Acute Services in the Southern Trust explains just how important each technician’s daily role is. “The Southern Trust’s Sterile Services staff are very dedicated to ensure instrumentation is appropriately cleaned and safe and available for use on our patients who require surgery. “The team works tirelessly behind the scenes in a very specialist role, helping to ensure that our surgical schedules run smoothly so all patients receive high quality care.”
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