Letters have been sent out to nearly 1000 patients after infection control procedures at a dental practice did not meet national standards.
The 900 patients of Bridge of Don Dental Clinic and Research Centre in Aberdeen were contacted following an inspection in March.
Infection control procedures, including those for instrument decontamination, at the dental clinic in Silverburn Crescent, were deemed to be unsatisfactory.
The letter has reassured patients that the risk of infection is low.
Dr Maria Rossi, an NHS Grampian consultant, said: “We are working closely with local and national experts and have concluded there is a low risk of infection to patients.
“As our priority is always for the safety and welfare of patients, we felt it was important to write to inform them of this incident. The letter emphasises that no action is required by the patient, but tests will be available if anyone remains concerned having read the letter and after calling the helpline.”
Ray Watkins, a dental public health consultant with NHS Grampian, added: “While this is an independent practice, it is expected to comply with national infection control standards. We are unable to confirm that these standards were adhered to prior to April 10 when at a follow-up visit, procedures were found to be satisfactory.
“The practice has co-operated with the investigation, and will continue to be monitored.”
The Bridge of Don Dental Clinic is owned by Dr Ronnie Barogiannis, who qualified in dental surgery in Sweden and previously ran practices in Greece.
He said: “We would urge all the patients we have treated so far to bear with us and be assured that our patients’ health and safety is paramount. While this letter will no doubt cause anxiety, we would stress that we believe we have met all the expected control standards since opening in January.
“We have invested £400,000 of our own money to get the clinic up and running and fitted out and we believe it to be one of the best equipped in Aberdeen. The people of Aberdeen have been very welcoming and supportive since we moved here and opened for business and we hope that in time we can show we are providing the highest of dental standards which they expect and deserve.”
Dr Barogiannis added: “In two inspections by NHS Grampian, at no point were recommendations about infection control or instrument decontamination raised. In fact the letter sent to patients states they were ‘unable to confirm that clear standards were in place’ and that infection control standards are being followed by our clinic.”
Any patient who remains concerned can contact NHS 24 helpline 08000 28 28 16 between 8am and 10pm where they can get further advice about health concerns including for blood borne viruses such as hepatitis B, C and HIV.
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