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Frequently Asked Questions

Q – What are surgical instruments made from?+-

The majority of surgical instruments are manufactured from martensitic stainless steel. This has elements in such as Chromium, which oxidises and gives corrosion resistance. Carbon in the stainless steel, allows it to be hardened and to maintain edges on scissors and be hard enough to ensure they do not bend during surgery.

Q – What are the popular surgical instruments?+-

Popular surgical instruments are scissors, artery forceps, needle holders, dissecting forceps, dressing forceps and retractors. There are a wide range of names that are generally attributed to the surgeon that invented them or the nature of procedure in which they are used. Once of the oldest being from the late 1800s the Spencer Wells forceps.

Q – What makes a high quality surgical instrument?+-

It is hard to give an overall definition and a couple of the points considered may be; the material used should be fit for purpose; I.e generally in the UK this would be to BS 5194 which recommends stainless steels for use for surgical instruments. It should have no sharp edges or burrs, other than those for the instrument use. it should be able to pass any industry tests, such as those defined in the British standard BS 5194. For example with scissors, they are requested to cut test pieces.

Q – How should surgical instruments be cleaned?+-

Surgical instruments should be cleaned in line with the manufacturers recommendations in Europe, as per the Medical Device Directive. Typically, this is either automated or manual cleaning in a washer disinfector and then sterilising in an autoclave.

Q – Should surgical instruments be lubricated?+-

Manufacturers instructions should be followed. On articulated joints, lubrication can prevent metal on metal wear so is generally recommended.

Q – What are laparoscopic surgical instruments?+-

Laparoscopic instruments are used in some areas of surgery that are considered to be minimally invasive. this involves making small incisions in the patient and working with the aid of a scope, to visualise the area inside the patient. it is often known as key hole surgery.

Q – Should surgical instruments be CE marked?+-

Yes, although they are only Class I (lowest risk medical device), they must be CE marked on the packaging and where possible the device itself.

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Surgical Holdings Company Overview

Surgical Holdings has been established for over 25 years and is a family run business, with over 50 years of surgical instrument making experience, based in Southend-on-Sea. We are an Award winning innovative specialist manufacturer and repairer of high quality surgical instruments and orthopaedic implants offering a personal service to our customers, with highly skilled instrument technicians trained in each instrument discipline.

Surgical Holdings work in partnership with hospitals and customers, using our expertise as a specialised manufacturer and repairer of high quality surgical instruments and orthopaedic implants, using only the highest quality steels to British Standards, to unique patterns and designs.

Our Values

  1. Maintain a Family Team atmosphere
  2. Demand a Clean & Safe working environment 
  3. Be Adaptable to Customer requirements 
  4. Foster Skilfulness and share Education 
  5. Work with Passion and Accountability 
  6. Have Ambition for Innovative growth
  7. Uphold commitment for Quality and Improvement
  8. Deliver full and Accurate information
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Company Introduction

Surgical Holdings Vision is to be recognised by our stakeholders as the most passionate, reliable and innovative high quality Surgical Instrument Manufacturer and Service provider in the UK

Our Mission is to safely and ethically manufacture, service and supply Surgical Instruments for the Public and Private Healthcare Sector and provide accurate information, flexibility and continual quality improvement through our service and product.  

Surgical Holdings is ISO 9001, ISO 13485, 93/42/EEC accredited and all steels used are ethically sourced.

We are committed to improving Labour Standards throughout our Supply Chain through our Labour Standards Assurance System.  

Surgical Holdings have been awarded a place on the NHS Supply Chain framework agreement for Reusable Surgical Instruments, Laparoscopic Instruments and Orthopaedic Implants. We are also on the North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative Framework agreement for the repair of surgical instruments.

You can browse our products above, watch our company video, visit our catalogue page, or call us for more information.

Surgical Instrument Classification

There are several classes of instrument available from Surgical Holdings, the most common are as follows:

  • Artery forceps - Spencer Wells, Halstead, Heiss, Cairns, Adsons, Dunhill, Moynihan, Lawson Tait, Roberts, Fraser Kelly, Rochester Pean.
  • Dissecting forceps - Waugh, Adsons, Dunhill, Gillies, Jeans, Mcindoe, Treves, Jackson Burrows.
  • Tissue forceps - Allis, Littlewood, Babcock, Duval, Lanes, Rutherford Morrison, Shaw.
  • Clamps - Blalock, Dieffenback, Debakey, Satinsky, Derra, Cooley.
  • Retractors - Travers, West, Goligher, Miles, Pozzi, Gelpi, Collin, Berkeley, Gossetts, Jol, Balfour, Norfolk & Norwich, Irwin, Kocher, Weitlander, Volkmann.
  • Scissors - Littler, Kilner, Mayo, Mayo Harrington, Metzenbaum, Boyd, Heath, Strabismus, Fergussons, Thomas Strabismus.
  • Needle holders - Mayo-Hegar, Derf, Halsey, Macphails, Mathieu, Rochester Mayo, Kilner, Bruce Clarkes, Crile Wood, Lawrence, Norton Morgan. 
  • Towel clips - Spring, Jones, Shardles, Backhaus, Moynihan, Ball and Socket.
  • Dissectors and probes - Macdonald, Brodie, Watson Cheyne, Jobson Horne. 
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Repairs & Refurbishments

We offer a fast turnaround on repair/refurbishment of surgical instruments, diathermy and bipolar, laparoscopic instruments, endoscopes and Air tools/Hoses (and Power tools) repairing to the original manufacturer's specification, by qualified technicians with traceable parts.

Instruments are fully refurbished, rather than a basic repair and come with a 5 years warranty

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