General practitioners are the bedrock of our healthcare system. If you are a General Practitioner helping people in your community, you have certain responsibilities in ensuring the ethical disposal of medical waste generated in your clinic. Even if hospitals and nursing homes produce the maximum amount of clinical waste, a general practitioner’s clinic also generates clinical waste daily. This waste, even if in small quantities, can have hazardous materials like needles, blood, and drugs and can contaminate people if left untreated. So, in this blog, we’ll tell you all about GP practices’ duties for holistic clinical waste disposal.

Who are General Practitioners?

General Practitioners are doctors who treat common ailments and prescribe medicines to patients in their local community. If a patient requires specialist or urgent treatment, the general practitioner refers the person to a hospital. Now let’s discuss every GP Practices waste management checklist.

Collection of Clinical Waste

Having a contract with a waste management agency that will collect clinical waste from your practice regularly will allow you the comfort of getting rid of the daily waste responsibly. Hiring waste management services is the norm for medical waste treatment in the UK. You have plenty of options, but only a handful provide top-notch services. So please do your research before hiring a reliable and licensed clinical waste management company.

Pre-acceptance Checks and Audits

A compliant waste management company disposes of GP practices medical waste through a treatment plant or incineration. Before accepting the waste, they need to check from the GP practice what type of waste it produces. If you fail to provide your contractor with the audit report, they might not accept clinical waste from your clinic. This audit can be completed once in 5 years as GP clinics are termed as ‘low risk practice.’

Waste Disposal Bags from Your Patients

In many places, the recommended disposal method for certain types of medical waste (like sharp boxes) is by returning it to the pharmacy or GP practice. While accepting clinical waste disposable bags from patients, always check that it is sealed. Moreover, you must have a clear idea of what’s in the bag to be able to classify and dispose of the waste properly.

Collect Waste in Colour-Coded Bags

Colour coding is essential to classify medical waste. You must segregate the waste in differently labelled and colour-coded bags before handing it over to the waste contractor to help the staff handle and dispose of it accordingly. 

Conclusion

Now that you have learned safe and effective ways to dispose of clinical waste, Trikon Clinical Waste Solutions is only one call away. Trikon is a leading licensed waste contractor presently providing door-to-door services to numerous places in the UK. Get a touch for site survey and customised quote now for totally free of cost.

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