Endoscopy and decontamination managed services
We offer vendor-independent managed services that help healthcare provider deliver an efficient and high performing patient environment seven days a week.
Our endoscopy and decontamination managed service ensures sustainability, scalability, and a high-quality clinical output whilst supporting an increase in procedure numbers at best practice tariff rates. Services can either be provided through the re-modelling of existing footprints or through the full outsourcing of decontamination and cleaning facilities to an Althea-run off-site facility.
We co-operate with our customers to build bespoke and flexible solutions that meet specific clinical and financial needs now and in the future.
Design, Build and Implementation
We are unique in having a dedicated, in-house design and implementation team which has unrivalled experience in the planning and delivery of clinical facilities, integrating technology from multiple suppliers and future-proofing designs to accommodate changes in the scope and scale of operations.
Our methodology is geared towards reducing the burden on clinical and operational staff, minimising disruption to patient services and ensuring that any new equipment and environment improves operational efficiency and ultimately patient care.
Our design and build expertise will ensure the re-modelling of existing or new endoscopy departments create an optimised workflow which meets the growing demand for reprocessing and exceeds all national standards such as:
- New Joint Advisory Group standards and the requirement for ‘pass-through’ decontamination facilities
- NHS Bowel Cancer Screening programme
- Care & Quality Commission
Clinical & Operational ConsumablesWith endoscopy departments spending up to £5M per annum on clinical and operational consumables our endoscopy managed services provide hospitals with the opportunity to reclaim the VAT as part of our integrated consumable management service resulting in significant financial and efficiency savings. These savings can be an enabler for re-investment in improved service capacity to meet growing demand.
Our operating mechanism includes significant investment in stock management IT systems and an on-site staff resource in order to deliver cost controls, eliminate stock out events and stock loss. The service will reduce non-clinical activities for the clinical teams in the areas of stock management and re-ordering, while ensuring they retain full control over the selection and choice of clinical consumables.
Equipment selectionThe vendor-independent selection, procurement and installation of all decontamination equipment (e.g. washer, disinfectors, reverse osmosis plants, drying and storage cabinets) and endoscopic equipment (e.g. scopes, stack systems and ancillary equipment) will be managed by our in-house experts and installed on time with minimal disruption to ongoing clinical services.
Decontamination ServicingAll washer disinfector servicing as well as quarterly and annual validation tests are managed by Althea with no change to the current service level agreements held with suppliers.
Planned preventative maintenance and validations are rigorously managed with a single point-of-contact for all staff for the proactive performance management of all service-related issues.
What you get
- Cost savings of up to 15% compared to buying direct
- Higher uptimes compared to industry norm
- Support seven days-a-week to meet growing procedure numbers
- Integrated approach to inventory, maintenance, and consumables
- Time-saving, single point-of-contact
- Aligned with all national standards including CQC and JAG
- Flexibility to meet changes in the local and regional health economy including the impact of STPs
- Business intelligence and planning support for service development