HEALTH: Clean bill of health for Central Decontamination Unit

By Lucy Ashton

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Central Decontamination Unit has been given a clean bill of health by a BSI inspection.

A recent unannounced audit carried out by the independent accreditation body at the facility found “no nonconformities” within the unit.

The facility, which is in Cowlairs, decontaminates reusable surgical devices, sets and trays, which are used in clinical settings throughout the board’s sites.

All the key processing areas of the facility – including the reception and washroom, inspection and packing cleanroom, sterilization and dispatch area and storage area – were inspected.

As well as the procedures carried out in each area, how these day-to-day practices are managed and how the process is recorded on the unit’s traceability system was also scrutinised.

The inspection found that the CDU met the requirements of ISO 13485:2016 & EN ISO 13485 and Part II of The Medical Devices Regulations 2002.

NHSGGC Head of Decontamination Lynsay Gracie said: “The team at the CDU are delighted that the recent visit has shown that we are providing a service which plays a crucial role in providing the best possible patient care that NHSGGC can offer.

“Everyone understands the importance of what we do here and how it helps other services in NHSGGC do their jobs.”

Instruments used in operating theatres in local hospitals.

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