Recycling and Waste Management

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The hospital was opened in 1972 by Her Royal Majesty the Queen. The hospital was designed and drawn up in 1956 using American based layouts. The final design was made so the whole hospital could be accessed from the inside, like a small village. The hospital has 1,400 rooms for doctors and nurses. There are over 1000 beds available to the public. Now the hospital has many facilities available to patients, like a shopping square, hairdressers, computer suits, large swimming pools, a famous Olympic medical centre, social club and it’s very own train station.

One of the most recent events was in 1994 when Diana Princess of Wales opened the children’s A & E department. Surgery of Hip Joints: When the hip joint surgery takes place, it is normally done on older women aged between 70 to 90. The surgery means the patients stays up to on average of 8 days in hospital. The procedure needs a 30cm incision, and extensive cutting of the leg and hip muscles, which can scar and can lead to dramatic blood loss.

At Northwick Park they dispose of new hip joints because after a year of storage they are expired, as said by doctors. The joints don’t actually have expiry dates, but they do need to be replaced every year for hygiene reasons. The brand new stainless steel joints are exposed of every year. Each joint is packed in foam and costs about 3,000 each (6,000 a pair). In total it would cost about �10,000 to order and have the operation. This system is appropriate to investigate because at Northwick Park, they get rid of hundreds of millions of tonnes of waste a year. Some of the standard waste includes paper and standard medical waste, as syringes and gloves. These are put into yellow bags and then taken away to get burnt. My waste, which I have chosen to investigate, is interesting because hip joints are made of a special alloy which can be interesting to investigate how it could be disposed of. Also it is normally unknown what happens to expensive medical parts, like the environmental and social effect it could have by simply throwing it away, as the material seems that it could take billions of years to decompose.

So to investigate it will unlock interesting information. Furthermore, the NHS is always loosing millions of pounds a year; this could be one of the reasons why, but my research will give me a better understanding whether I am correct. When the unused hip joints have expired, a member of the department which stocks them calls the maintenance department to ask them to hire a skip and to call a porter to take the unwanted hip joint away. Once this is done the maintenance department charges the department which called for the skip and labour.

When the skip is hired a porter goes up and down the building taking the hip joints away. Once the skip is filled it is taken away to be dumped in a landfill. This flow chart shows the waste management process of the hip joints: The costs which is needed every year is about 120 pounds to hire the skip as the labour to taken them down is free. Not only is this there the amount that each hip joint costs 3,000. In total there are about 200 types of hip joint in stock and the same amount thrown away. As 4 to 8 of these joints are used every week, and new ones ordered when the stock is low.


Current System Criteria Case Study Objective To help to maintain the contact of solid sterilized materials away from staff or their safety and the safety of the public. To determine the effectiveness of the security system within these areas and see how hard it is to find the medical stock. To promote “good handling” of the medical waste when disposing of it. I.e. when to do it and how it’s done. To assess the current labour used to hand the waste from the department to the skip. To maintain new medical parts for the safety of the patients health and recovery. Determine when new stock is ordered and replaced for the safety of the patients.

Helps to keep the hospital with current and developing medical technologies. To identify the current development in this area of medical technology. Meaning if the new technology is moving faster then the replaced ones in the hospital. Prevents germs from accumulating in stock so when ready for use it has not expired or another human has been in contact with the stock. To evaluate the time the stock has been kept and the number of times other people have come in contact with the stock. To help keep the disposal of the stock constant. To identify who empties the stock and by what company disposes it. (It may be helpful to research where the waste goes).

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