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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 12 February 2013
Date of Publication: 7 March 2013
Inspection Report published 7 March 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 12 February 2013, 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.

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

The people we spoke with told us they had no issues at all with the cleanliness of the consulting rooms or reception area. We saw all areas were clean and tidy during our visit.

We spoke with two dental nurses including the practice lead for infection control. They explained in detail the process they went through at each stage of the day to prepare for treatment and after treatment. They explained the procedures they followed which ensured a high standard of cleanliness, safety and hygiene was maintained at all times.

We were shown the process for decontamination of used equipment and instruments. The systems and procedures in place to reduce the risk or spread of infection were described to us. We saw records completed daily and periodically which confirmed these were being followed. This demonstrated there were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection.

We were told the treatment rooms and clinical areas were cleaned by the nursing staff between each patient and at the end of the day.

We saw records for the maintenance and routine checking of sterilising, disinfecting and cleaning equipment. This showed equipment was tested and maintained effectively in order to protect people using the service from avoidable risks of infection.

We saw there were supplies of disposable protective clothing readily available. This included masks, aprons and gloves. We were told there were colour coded cleaning tools used for different areas of the surgery. This helped to prevent cross-contamination. Anti-bacterial handwash and appropriate hand washing facilities were available. This meant staff were able to maintain good hand hygiene.

We saw there were policies and procedures in place in respect of infection control and hygiene. We saw staff had received training in infection control and prevention. This meant people received dental treatment from staff who had the skills and knowledge to prevent avoidable risks to their health, safety and welfare.