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New technology for eye surgery
03 April 2017

The very latest equipment is now being used to carry out eye surgery at our hospital after our procurement team negotiated a new contract which has saved the Trust nearly £100,000.

Two upgraded Stellaris surgical PC and laser systems are now in use in the Ophthalmic Day Care Unit, which means that clinicians can complete cataract, eye implant and laser surgery using the latest technology.

As well as coming to an agreement over the new equipment, the procurement team, which is run by Serco, has also negotiated a deal to use Bausch and Lomb consumables for five years at a fixed price, which in turn has saved the Trust £96,220.

Barrie Fisk, category manager with the Serco procurement and supplies team, led the project. He said: “We have been negotiating this contract for two years and are delighted with the savings it has generated. As well as a fixed price deal on consumables such as lens implants, we have also negotiated free upgrade and maintenance of the equipment for the duration for the contract, which is great news.

“The two new machines are very high spec and allow clinicians to make a smaller incision in the eye which helps the patient to recover more quickly.”

“We have worked with clinicians from the day care unit throughout to ensure the new equipment would meet their needs while providing the best possible care for patients.”

The contract has been put in place using the NOE CPC Framework and specifies the hospital will carry out a minimum of 1,500 procedures each year for the next five years.