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Site Clearance of Ambulatory Eye Surgery & Auction of Equipment - A Case Study

The Hilditch Group is regularly contacted by clinics, both public and private, when they are expanding or upgrading their equipment. The Hilditch Group was approached by a private ambulatory eye surgery centre as they were upgrading their patient services and needed to get rid of their redundant equipment. Like many private clinics, this clinic was established by a group of hospital consultant surgeons, and it provides specialist advice, eye care and surgery for its patients.

The clinic was replacing the equipment in 3 of its consulting rooms and had already booked the installation of the new equipment. The clinic had arranged to be closed to the public for 1 day, creating a very specific time constraint for the de-installation of the redundant equipment and installation of the new equipment.

The Hilditch Group carried out an initial site visit to accurately value all of the equipment for sale, as well as to assess the engineering services required for de-installation.

Each room contained a full ophthalmic suite, comprising; chair, refractor and slit lamp, as well as OCTs and other specialist ophthalmic devices. The Hilditch Group’s medical engineers after arriving on-site had all the equipment de-installed and removed by mid-morning, allowing the new equipment to be installed in the afternoon and the clinic to resume patient services as normal the following day.

The equipment was transported by the Hilditch Group’s vehicles to the Hilditch warehouses in Malmesbury, where the items were lotted ready for sale. The devices that contained patient identifiable data were forensically data-wiped by the Hilditch Group in house medical engineering department, and certification provided to the clinic. To maximise the potential to advertise such specialist equipment to the correct audience, the equipment was listed alongside other ophthalmic equipment and sold through a timed online auction.

The Hilditch Group take no money up front, instead deduct any costs incurred once the lots have sold. The de-installation, collection and data-wiping charges came to £1,350, however, even with this amount deducted from the final auction value the clinic received over £2,000 in under 2 months from the date of the initial site visit.

“Our experience with the Hilditch Group went really smoothly. For this particular project we were bound to a tight one-day window for removal of the old equipment, with the new kit being installed on the same day to reduce down time. On the day the Hilditch engineers removed all of the equipment safely and well within the time constraints, even though there were some tight spots to negotiate! The sales process was very easy for us, from initial valuation and a site visit, all the way through to receiving the profits of the sale a few weeks later. We will be looking to use Hilditch’s services again in the near future, and will be recommending them to other clinics across the wider group.” Reports the Operations Manager.