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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 July 2012
Date of Publication: 24 August 2012
Inspection Report published 24 August 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

Our judgement

The provider was meeting this standard. People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

User experience

We spoke with people who used the service. They were positive about the staff at Belgravia Dental Care. One person described the staff as "lovely".

Other evidence

On the day of our inspection, the practice appeared to be clean and well maintained.

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. There was an infection control policy and a designated infection control lead at the practice. All clinical staff had received infection control training. Infection control audits were carried out every three months and we saw evidence that any shortfalls were actioned.

The dental nurses were responsible for cleaning clinical areas. There were daily checklists in place and we saw evidence that these were being completed. There is a system in place for quality checking the ultrasonic cleaner and steriliser and we saw records of these checks.

The decontamination of reusable instruments took place in the dental surgeries within the practice. Each surgery was clearly divided into "clean" and "dirty" areas and there was a separate sink for handwashing. However, the provider might find it useful to note that one surgery was not equipped with mixer taps, in accordance with the Health Technical Memorandum 01-05: Decontamination in primary care dental practices.

Staff explained the decontamination process to us. Instruments were manually cleaned, placed in an ultrasonic cleaner, inspected and then sterilised. We saw that instruments were packaged and dated correctly.

Purified water was used in the practice's dental lines. A Legionella risk assessment had been carried out and water temperatures were measured monthly by staff.