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Trust admits instruments were contaminated

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Services at sterilisation and disinfection units of four Surrey hospitals have been suspended following revelations of contaminated surgical instruments.

An investigation was launched yesterday after a batch of equipment at Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust had not been sterilised properly.

The hospitals admitted to using the instruments on eight patients.

Dr Lindy Steven, medical director at the Trust, said: 'I would like to reassure local people that expert medical advice has confirmed that the risk to patients of any form of cross infection is extremely low.'

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