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Southend Business Which Has Repaired Over 5,500 Instruments this Year is Honoured at Parliamentary Reception

A Southend-on-Sea company, who has this year repaired over 5,500 surgical instruments helping the NHS to be more sustainable, has been honoured at a Parliamentary Reception.

Surgical Holdings, a family run manufacturer and repairer of surgical instruments with a focus on sustainability, was invited to the House of Commons following their nomination for an ‘Innovation in HealthTech: Recognising Excellence” award.

Surgical Holdings Parliamentary Reception
From left to right – Will Quince, Minister of State for Health of UK, Nick Williams Business Development Director at Surgical Holdings, Sir James Duddridge KCMG, MP for Rochford & Southend East and Dan Coole MD of Surgical Holdings.

The prestigious campaign is being run by UK trade association the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) to acknowledge the excellence HealthTech innovation is playing across the country.

It recognises companies like Surgical Holdings for their efforts in driving improvements through innovative partnerships, ultimately leading to better outcomes for patients and the NHS.

Surgical Holdings offers hospitals a unique surgical repair and maintenance service developed to ensure the longevity and performance of surgical products. The one-of-a-kind service transforms broken, damaged, and worn instruments to an ‘as new’ condition and also aims to tackle global steel wastage and contribute to a more sustainable future.

The intricate repair service includes re-grinding, honing, re-setting, welding, polishing, and nitric acid passivation. The repairs are all carried out in the company’s state-of-the-art workshop in Southend by a team of highly skilled and experienced technicians, many of whom have decades of experience within the industry.  

Dan Coole, Managing Director at Surgical Holdings, said: “Our nomination is a testament to our commitment to deliver an integrated circular economy solution. At Surgical Holdings, we are dedicated to assisting NHS hospitals in reducing their carbon footprint by actively promoting the repair and refurbishment of surgical instruments and other medical devices.”

The company have introduced a repairs portal for NHS and private hospital staff that allows hospitals to track the whole repair process from start to finish in real time.

The company also offer clinicians a CPD accredited education on proper equipment handling and potential misuse to ensure patient safety.

Sir James Duddridge KCMG, MP for Rochford & Southend East, said:“It was great to catch up with Surgical Holdings in Westminster, where their work was nominated for the ‘Innovation in HealthTech: Recognising Excellence award. I have been telling Will Quince MP, Minister of State for Health and Secondary Care, about the established and new work of the company and the role med-tech plays in Southend and Rochford, and he was impressed to hear this first-hand from the team. With Surgical Holding’s thirty-fifth birthday coming up in September, I look forward to my next visit joining the celebrations alongside them!”

Founded in 1988, Surgical Holdings is a trusted family-run business with thirty-five years’ experience.

The company’s passion for finely crafted surgical instruments started four generations ago by George Poole, who created his own business making finely crafted surgical instruments back in 1910.

George’s commitment to excellence was passed down through generations, resulting in the creation of Surgical Holdings.

Today Philip Coole remains as Chairman, with his son Daniel as Managing Director – a role he took in 1995 after an apprenticeship. Today the company is working in partnership with East Essex College to run an active apprenticeship scheme to ensure the skills and expertise is passed down to the next generation.

For more information  www.surgicalholdings.co.uk

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