Sterile Services Department Team

Without the work of the Sterile Services Department team, the equipment and medical devices used in surgical procedures could be potentially life threatening rather than life saving.  The team plays a vital link in the operating chain and one upon which patient safety depends.

The reusable medical devices decontamination life cycle is necessary to ensure all medical devices are safe for further use.  The life cycle consists of the following processes: acquisition, cleaning, disinfection, inspection, disposal, packaging, sterilisation, transportation and storage before use.

Sterile Services provide a decontamination service for over 45 different locations both on site at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and as far as Middlesbrough, for both NHS and private customers.

The team also offer bespoke packages for private practitioners decontamination needs.

Take a look at the Sterile Services Department Brochure to find out more – SSD Brochure.

Please contact us to discuss your sterilisation and decontamination requirements. We offer bespoke products and services to meet your needs with a highly effective service to suit your requirements and budget: 01423 885959 or


Key Staff:

Clare Illingworth, Head of Medical Devices and Sterile Services:

Elaine Stanton, Sterile Services and Medical Equipment Library Manager:

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Some of our achievements in figures


individual medical devices reprocessed each month


different types of surgical instruments handled by the technicians


flexible endoscopes reprocessed each month


is the temperature at which each instrument is steam cleaned sterilised

Our Latest News

Sterile Services Department March 2021
7 Day Endoscopy Service Sterile Services have increased their services to a 7 day Flexible Endoscope decontamination service to support the NHS and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust in clearing the backlog of patients waiting for treatment that were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.   Apprenticeship Programme 2020 saw the commencement of the […]

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