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UK Dental Practice Tells Patients To Take Blood Test Amid Contaminated Instruments Scare

A dental practice near London, Dentality@Hoddesdon, said on Monday that it had sent letters to patients who had received ultrasound scaling treatment, asking them to check for blood-borne viruses

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – ) A dental practice near London, Dentality@Hoddesdon, said on Monday that it had sent letters to patients who had received ultrasound scaling treatment, asking them to check for blood-borne viruses.”We understand anyone receiving these letters will have concerns and while there is an extremely low risk of exposure, all these patients are being offered detailed information, and a dedicated number to call to book an appointment for blood testing as a precaution,” the clinic’s principal dentist, Vishaal Shah, said in a statement.

The warning was issued after an internal probe into an independently-contracted hygienist who, the clinic said, failed to abide by its decontamination protocols for dental instruments. The dental worker was dismissed and the issue reported to the national healthcare authority.

Sky news reported that some 560 patients had been affected. Viruses spread through contamination by blood and other bodily fluids include HIV, and hepatitis B and C.

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