Award-winning manufacturer of surgical instruments
Established supplier with over 25 years experience
Family run business based in the UK
NHS Suppliers of high quality precision instrumentation
Premier Repair & Refurbishment Service
Surgical Holdings new Rigid Endoscope Repair workshop utilises all the latest technologies used in Optical Repair, including laser welding and the latest soldering techniques to ensure we offer the highest quality third party scope repair, as highlighted in the MHRA ‘Managing Medical Devices – April 2016’.
We follow the Manufacturer’s optical specification to ensure the original quality of the scope is maintained. Any manufacturers or CE marks are retained.
We offer an 18 month guarantee on our endoscope repair service.
Can Surgical Holdings repair endoscopes from other manufacturers?
At Surgical Holdings we offer Storz scope repair, Olympus scope repair, Wolf scope repair, Aesculap scope repair and also repair endoscopes from many other manufacturers.
Can CE marking on rigid scopes be invalidated?
CE Marking cannot be made invalid. It is put on by the manufacturer to confirm that the device is manufactured to Regulatory requirements, not specific to that manufactured device, but to confirm it meets the essential requirements/has an EC Declaration of Conformity. CE is not a sign of device quality, it is a sign of compliance with the essential requirements. Our Spare parts are compatible and are to the correct specification and quality for the scope we are repairing. Our scopes are tested and verified after repair to confirm that they are working to our repaired standards. A report is used with this.
Patient safety may be compromised if something went wrong during a procedure using third party repaired scopes.
Surgical Holdings have their quality system approved to ISO 13485 for repairs. The main potential quality issue with scopes is the distal sealing system. We can confirm that we follow the OEM’s distal sealing mechanisms i.e. if they utilise a soldered/welded window – we follow the original specification. We also offer laser welding.
What are our legal liabilities with regard to using third party telescope repairs?
In the very unlikely event of an endoscope that we have repaired being involved in an adverse incident and that the incident was related to the repair that we had carried out, we are happy to reassure you that we are fully insured to the level that is recommended by the MHRA. We can forward a copy of our policy documents to anyone that wishes to see them.
All OEM warranty’s and guarantees are rendered null and void.
If the fault is unrelated to the repair by a third party the warranty should stand with the OEM. If an OEM seal breaks down on a scope we have repaired with in the warranty period we will do a complimentary repair, so the customer is not inconvenienced in any way. You do also of course get a year’s warranty on all our repairs.
Realistically, endoscopes are well designed non-dynamic and very delicate. This means that in a hospital environment it is very likely the scopes will get damaged/broken well before any OEM seal is likely to fail. Indeed, due to the nature of certain procedures, some arthroscopes are being damaged nearly every time that they are used.
We receive a brand new Telescope with a year’s warranty on our current repair/replace agreement so why repair?
We offer a year’s warranty on all our repairs. The repair is much cheaper than an OEM repair replacement, so there is no benefit to having a repair/replacement scope, as all our repairs are done to OEM specification.
There have been “advisory and warnings” on using generic parts during repairs.
The advice and warnings that the MHRA make about servicing is global advice and is just common sense. It talks about checking the service company is competent and parts being used are safe. These warnings are general advice on things to check when choosing a service provider.
The MHRA (MHRA DB2006(05)) in England stipulate: “Where available use a service provider who complies with relevant quality system standards, such as BS EN ISO 13485:2003  or BS EN ISO 9001:2000 . These standards ensure their work is consistently of the nature and quality intended”
As the MHRA advises, Surgical Holdings have an ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 quality system.