Bolton Surgical Limited
Bolton Surgical are manufacturers and suppliers of a wide range of innovative products and services. We adopt the best of both traditional and new technologies, enabling us to offer our customers the highest quality products and services. Our focus is to offer innovative, cost effective solutions to customers’ everyday needs and this is reflected in the range of products and services we offer. We supply a growing number of countries from around the world in addition to the United Kingdom. Our customers are typically from the operating theatre and decontamination environment and include clinics, day surgery, service centres and sterile service units. Our products and services are available directly in the United Kingdom, or worldwide through a network of local distributors.
Our experience in providing solutions within the surgical/decontamination field spans many decades and ensures that first and foremost, we understand our customers’ needs and can offer solutions that not only meet, but exceed customers’ expectations.
Bolton Surgical Ltd. began life as W. H. Bolton, Scissor Makers, in 1936. William Henry Bolton (Grandfather of the current Chairman Peter William Bolton), worked throughout the 1920's and early 30's for a renowned pen, pocket, table knife and scissor manufacturer in Sheffield, UK. It was whilst working there that William Henry saw a business opportunity and started renting a small shop at the back of 32 Carver Street in the centre of Sheffield and, with the help of his son, William Seedhouse, manufactured surgical instruments such as scissors, artery forceps, sterilising forceps and bullet forceps (used for removing bullets from the injured during World War II).
William Henry was now manufacturing for the UK government and due to high demand and growth, the business moved from 32 Carver Street to larger premises at 26 Eyre Lane, Sheffield, in 1942. Now employing 9 staff (some full and some part time) his son William Seedhouse now worked for the business full time. William Henry Bolton, Scissor Makers, were now exporting to the Dental Company of Toronto, Canada, and supplying many trade customers throughout the British Empire.
Peter William, the grandson of William Henry, having undertaken an instrument fitters apprenticeship, took over the joint running of the business in 1982 with his father, William Seedhouse. The company was re-incorporated as Bolton Surgical Services Ltd. and added instrument repair and maintenance services to its portfolio.
Today, Bolton Surgical Ltd. is run by a dedicated group of Directors and Managers, headed by Lyndsey Bolton, the great grand-daughter of the founder William Henry Bolton and operates from a purpose built manufacturing base in the north of the city. These premises also house the sales, finance and warehousing facilities. Our product and service portfolio has developed in-line with customer feedback and demand, and the company now supplies a wide range of innovative products and services to our customers.
From the solid foundations created by William Henry Bolton, the business has built a reputation for first class superior products and services.
The correct care and maintenance of your Bolton Surgical instruments is vital to ensure a long lasting instrument that maintains its effectiveness during use. We pride ourselves on our workmanship and attention to detail. Our instruments will provide years of service to you, the customer, if they are treated correctly.
We have listed below our basic guidelines for Care and Maintenance. For a more comprehensive guide please refer to the instructions for use supplied with all products.
- All products are 100% checked for quality and functionality before despatch, nevertheless, new instruments should be carefully checked upon receipt. Actuate the instruments and visually check them before passing them for cleaning
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and sterilization solutions and washer/dryer equipment, following local protocols where necessary
- Always handle instruments with great care. They are designed for a specific function (i.e clamping, cutting, retracting etc.) and each instrument is given an exact and precise final set after manufacturing to ensure maximum fitness for purpose
- To minimise damage during processing, instruments should be laid gently into position, rough handling will result in damage
- Treat delicate and micro instruments with special care, use a hand cleaning method if appropriate
- Instruments should only be used for their intended purpose and by appropriately qualified clinicians
- Always perform a detailed inspection of each instrument after use. Look for staining, freedom of movement on all moving parts, damage and corrosion. Any instrument failing this inspection should be removed from circulation and sent for repair
- All joints should be rinsed and dried thoroughly after cleaning and an approved soluble lubricant applied
- Soiling on used instruments should not be allowed to dry. Blood, saline and iodine are the most difficult to remove, if instruments are left in a dry prolonged state this could result in loss of passivation and rusting
- Avoid wherever possible processing instruments made from dissimilar materials together, to reduce the risk of galvanic corrosion
- Perform an immediate inspection after the initial cleaning process to identify and remove any residual particles
- Instruments with box and screw joints should be cleaned in the open position. Where possible suspend bowed instruments on an instrument pin or similar device
- Always ensure heavy equipment is placed at the bottom, beneath lighter, more delicate instruments
- Do not use abrasive material for cleaning as this can damage the steel surface and encourage pitting and corrosion
- Any instrument with a cannulated part should be thoroughly flushed out prior to the cleaning and sterilisation process
For care and maintenance of fibre-optic products please ask your sales consultant, agent or distributor for our care and data sheet for fibre-optic products.