COMMERCIAL: Work has begun on a £5m unit to decontaminate medical instruments and equipment at Colchester Hospital University FT.

The Hospital Sterilisation and Decontamination Unit (HSDU), located on the edge of the Colchester General Hospital site will sterilise equipment for Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.

Special Projects and Estates Director for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust Nick Chatten said: “The trust has outgrown its current HSDU and this replacement unit will be bigger.

“When it is complete, it will mean Colchester will have one of the most efficient HSDUs in the NHS East of England region.

“For example, the new major re-processing equipment will benefit from the latest advances in technology and substantially reduce water consumption in comparison to the machines currently in use, resulting in an eco-friendly addition to the trust’s estate.”

The main contractors for the project will be Rose Builders Ltd of Lawford and the new unit is scheduled to become operational in July next year. Its cost will be funded entirely from the trust’s own resources, the trust said.

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