Equipment is evaluated to IEC 60601-1 requirements. All new equipment is tested after purchase and is added to the comprehensive equipment database which is maintained by this section. Arrangements are also made for future servicing of new equipment.

Electrical and Electronic Services

This section has 7.5 wte technicians based within the main Medical Physics block providing a service to NHS Tyaside, other hospitals in the Dundee area and other healthcare organisations on request.

The service provided covers the repair of general electro-medical equipment, specialised electro-medical equipment (e.g. surgical lasers), laboratory equipment, office and computing equipment. The wide range of equipment covered requires the technicians to be very versatile and typically they will deal with up to four hundred repair requests per month.

Technical support is supplied for the busy drop-in sleep clinic and the patients' conminuous positive air pressure (CPAP) systems are checked.

All medical and laboratory equipment is given an annual safety check by the section, but life support equipment is subject to more intensive scheduled routine maintenance. Infusion devices are checked for damage, safety and calibration. Cardiac arrest trolleys are functionally checked. (Other life support equipment is dealt with by renal and anaesthetic sections). Special calibration is provide for audiology and physiotherapy equipment.

Anaesthetics

There are four technicians who work with anaesthetic equipment. Although most of the work is involved with Ninewells, all hospitals in Dundee and Angus are covered to some extent and two of the technicians are based in Perth.

Anaesthetic machines, ventilators and all gas supplies and suction, all devices connected to medical gases are supervised by the anaesthetic technicians. The anaesthetic technicians are the only employees permitted to modify or interfere with any of the permanent fittings of the anaesthetic equipment.

Routine maintenance and repair is carried out on anaesthetic machines, ventilators, flowmeters, regulators, suction controllers, aerosol therapy and oxygen concentrators. Routine calibrations are carried out on vaporisers and anaesthetic gas pollution is monitored. Service records, maintenance schedules and stock control of spares are all supported on a computer.

Mechanical Repairs

This section has three technicians based within the main Medical Physics block providing a service to NHS Tayside, other hospitals in the Dundee area, the Community Medical Service, and other healthcare organisations.

The service provided covers the repair of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, vacuum and optical devices along with dental handpieces and a comprehensive repair/routine servicing package for nebulizers for the whole Tayside area. Typically this section will deal with around two hundred and fifty repair requests per month covering a wide range of equipment types.

Patient hoists are maintained throughout NHS Tayside and a calibration service is offered for all patient scales to comply with current weights and measures regulations

Renal Equipment Repair

This section has 5 technicians based in the Renal Dialysis Unit within Ninewells Hospital providing a service for the whole Tayside area in this expanding service.

The technicians provide a 24/7 service covering the repair, scheduled servicing and planned routine maintenance of all dialysis related equipment for 52 bed stations plus home locations within the Tayside area with planned installations in Perth and Stracathro.

Equipment supported includes all types of devices used in haemo-dialysis and peritoneal dialysis treatment modalities, a sophisticated water treatment plant, providing the dialysis unit with ultra pure water, and a two station re-processing system used to facilitate the multiple use of dialysers (artificial kidneys).

The technicians provide the unit staff and patients with training on the correct and safe operation of equipment and the "on-call" arrangement means that staff and home based patients can contact a technician immediately for expert advice in the event of doubt or equipment failure. Typically this section will deal with around two hundred requests per month covering the whole Tayside area.