NHS England and NHS Improvement are currently reviewing the potential merits of single-use endoscopes, while considering hospital acquired infections, patient safety and the prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms in care environments. NHS England and NHS Improvement will review factors including environmental sustainability and economic factors. However, there are no current plans to use single-use endoscopes in any setting.
The National Health Service offers patients accessible, reliable and relevant information to inform healthcare decisions. This will include information on the range and quality of clinical services where there is robust and accurate information available.