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Sterile services department

Health Building Note 13

NHS Estates, 2004
Sterile services department

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Core Supplement


Health Building Note


Provides guidance to help health planners, estates and facilities managers, sterile services managers and capital planning and design teams to plan and design a sterile services department. It discusses the objectives of a sterile services department (SSD) and service requirements, particularly focusing on: raising standards in decontamination services by optimising the built environment: service requirements strategy: calculating the optimum capacity of an SSD to eradicate bottlenecks: determining the most appropriate location of an SSD. Design guidance based on the above service objectives is outlined. Finally, the finer details of the individual spaces within an SSD are discussed.


Accompanying CD ROM not available in The Construction Information Service. Supersedes the 1992 edition.




Publisher History

NHS Estates are responsible for strategic development of a flexible and responsive environment for health and social care. Their publications include Health Technical Memorandums, Health Building Notes, design guides, circulars and Health Facilities Notes.



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