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CQC warns Abingdon Street Dental Surgery that it is failing to protect the health and safety of people

13 February 2013
Abingdon Street Dental Surgery
Mr. Andrew Fisher
  • Media,
  • Dental service

13 February 2013

The warning notice follows an announced visit by inspectors to the dental practice in Abingdon Street, Burnham on Sea, Somerset in January.

Inspectors found that the dental practice had failed to ensure that people were protected from the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

  • The practice did not follow appropriate guidance from the Department of Health when cleaning, checking, sterilising and packaging its instruments to ensure they were safe to be used for dental treatment.
  • Checks on the equipment that cleaned the dental instruments did not follow guidance or manufacturer’s instructions. This meant the provider was unable to determine whether the equipment was efficient and safe to use.
  • The practice did not regularly audit its infection control practices. This meant they were unaware of the failings that were found on its infection control practices.

Ian Biggs, deputy director of CQC in the South said:

"The law says that these are the standards that everyone should be able to expect. Providers have a duty to ensure they are compliant and this cannot be allowed to continue.

“We have received assurances that the dental practice has made changes to its practice to ensure they are now complying with the regulation.

“We will check in the near future and if we find that this practice is not making the required progress we will consider further action.”


For further information please contact the CQC press office on 0207 448 9401 or out of hours on 07917 232 143.

Notes to editors

The warning notices find that Mr Andrew Fisher is in breach of:

  • Regulation 12, Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010, Cleanliness and infection control

If the required improvements are not made within a set timescale, CQC has a range of enforcement powers which include restricting the services that a provider can offer, or, in the most serious cases, suspending or cancelling a service. CQC can also issue financial penalty notices and cautions or prosecute the provider for failing to meet essential standards. Any regulatory decision that CQC takes is open to challenge by a registered person through a variety of internal and external appeal processes.

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