B Braun service cuts NHS costs

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An innovative scheme developed by a Sheffield healthcare company to cut the high cost of repairing surgical instruments is saving a health trust £500,000 a year.

The Aesculap RENU scheme, is the brainchild of Chapeltown-based B Braun Medical and has been developed for instruments used in laparoscopy – examinations or surgery carried out inside the body through small incisions.

Tameside Hospital carries out 300 laparoscopic operations a year, but faced major issues with maintaining surgical instruments until B Braun offered to service and maintain them for a fee.

The introduction of the service has cut the number of cancelled operations at Tameside, the time operations take and the time it takes patients to recover.

Liam Reynolds, deputy procurement and commercial services manager at Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “In the current climate NHS Trusts across the UK health economy have to find innovative ways to make savings, without compromising the quality of patient care.

“Aesculap RENU has enabled surgeons at Tameside Hospital to have access to increased numbers of quality surgical instrument sets that have contributed to reducing surgical procedure times and delivering better patient outcomes, which ultimately has reduced inpatient hospital stays.”

The introduction of the Aesculap RENU service has also led to Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust being highly commended in the Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year category of the Government Opportunities Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.