You are here

Archived: Ainsty Dental Practice

The provider of this service changed - see new profile

All reports

Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 9 October 2012
Date of Publication: 31 October 2012
Inspection Report published 31 October 2012 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 9 October 2012, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We sent a questionnaire to people who use the service, talked with people who use the service and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

People told us that they had no concerns around the cleanliness of the practice. They told us that they wore protective glasses and a clothes protector when having their treatments. One person told us the dentist, “Wears glasses, a mask and gloves, when he is carrying out procedures on me.” Another said, “The surgery always smells clean when I arrive.”

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. The practice had policies and procedures in place for the prevention and control of infection. The practice had cleaning and sterilisation processes in place that followed best practice guidelines and we saw that these were regularly monitored and audited to ensure these processes were maintained .

The practice manager told us the dental nurses were responsible for cleaning the surgeries, after each patient and at the end of the day.

We spoke with the dental nurse who told us that she had received all of the immunisations required for working in a dental practice, this included Hepatitis B. She told us how she would respond to, needle stick injuries and blood spillage; these met with the guidance.