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UK Smiles Dental Practice Limited - Romford

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 9 January 2014
Date of Publication: 7 February 2014
Inspection Report published 07 February 2014 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 January 2014, sent a questionnaire to 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

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. A dental nurse showed us the procedure they followed to clean the surgery room between patients. This included spraying and wiping down surfaces with disposable wipes so they were clean for the next patient. We were also shown the process that was followed to clean dental instruments. This involved scrubbing instruments and checking they were free of debris under a magnifier before placing them in an autoclave to ensure they were clean and sterile. An autoclave is a device used to sterilize equipment.

There were specified areas for clean and dirty instruments to avoid cross infection. All instruments were pouched after sterilising and dated with a use by date. Audits showed that the service was checking that the correct procedure was being followed. This included testing instruments to ensure they were free of bacteria and that the autoclave was functioning properly. We also saw records that demonstrated the autoclave had been serviced to ensure it was safe.

All areas of the premises were clean and hygienic. Members of staff had responsibility to ensure areas of the premises were clean such as the surgery rooms and waiting area. A contract was in place for safe disposal of clinical waste.