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Inspection report


Date of Publication: 15 February 2014
Inspection Report published 15 February 2014 PDF | 59.83 KB

People should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection (outcome 8)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Providers of services comply with the requirements of regulation 12, with regard to the Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

How this check was done

We reviewed information given to us by the provider.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

Reasons for our judgement

When we visited the practice in January 2014, we found that there were systems in place to manage infection control, however there were minor concerns identified which meant that the Health Technical Memorandum 01-05 (HTM) was not fully complied with. The HTM is guidance that sets out how the risks of cross infection can be minimised.

When we visited the service, we found that there was an area of carpet bordering the clinical area that had lifted up, meaning there were gaps which would be difficult to clean.The head rest on the chair in the hygienist room had a number of tears present. The headrest was being covered between patients, however dental chairs should be free from visible damage.

Shortly after our inspection, we received confirmation from the provider that the issues identified in our inspection had been rectified. The provider sent us photographic evidence that the carpet had been repaired, and the head rest replaced. The provider also told us that the area of the carpet in question had been tested for microbial contamination. We were told that none had been found.