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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 March 2013
Date of Publication: 3 April 2013
Inspection Report published 3 April 2013 PDF

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 looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 8 March 2013, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and talked with staff. We received feedback from people using comment cards and reviewed information sent to us by other authorities.

Our judgement

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

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

We inspected the premises and noted that all areas of the practice, including the examination and treatment rooms were clean. All clinical staff wore clean uniforms.

The practice did not have a separate dental equipment sterilisation area as this was done in an area set aside in each treatment room. A dental nurse showed us the procedure for cleaning dental examination equipment, which was then stored in a sterile bag until required. The date on which the equipment required re sterilisation was written on the exterior of each bag and we found no equipment to have gone past the expiry dates. It is the normal procedure of the surgery to re sterilize any examination equipment that is not used within 21 days.

We asked to see evidence of infection control audits at the practice. We were shown an audit carried out in June 2012 by the local primary care trust which had found the practice fully compliant with infection control procedures.

We asked to see cleaning records for the treatment rooms. We were shown a checklist that we were told each dental nurse must complete at the beginning and end of each day for the treatment room they have been allocated. We asked for evidence that that the checks had been undertaken. We were shown a record that was dated, ticked and signed showing that the checks were carried out. A dental nurse who spoke with us also described the procedure, including what must be done between each patient consultation. This demonstrated that staff were aware of what was required of them.

General areas of the practice were cleaned by a separate contractor after the close of each business day. The practice carried out monthly internal audits and we looked at recent examples of these confirming they had been carried out.