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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 22 September 2014
Date of Publication: 30 October 2014
Inspection Report published 30 October 2014 PDF


Inspection carried out on 22 September 2014

During an inspection in response to concerns

We conducted an unannounced inspection to this dental practice as we had received anonymous concerns relating to various practice and safety issues. The visit was undertaken by two Care Quality Commission Inspectors and a dentist specialist adviser. We reviewed the concerns raised which fell under our regulatory remit.

We spoke with a senior dental nurse, the acting practice manager and two dentists. We reviewed records and inspected the premises.

We found that the radiation protection file contained documentation pertaining to the maintenance of the x-ray equipment used in the practice.

Patient records were completed in line with current guidelines. Although the storage of some paper records in the staff room required some improvement.

Infection control practices were not satisfactory. Personal protective equipment such as gloves and aprons were not available in all treatment rooms and we saw that where they were available staff did not always use them. One treatment room required maintenance work to enable infection prevention and control standards to be maintained.

Some refurbishment had been completed to areas of the practice which had been affected by a water leak. Further work is required to ensure that the building is suitably maintained.

Pre-employment checks were not robust and did not include employment references or fitness to work checks. Criminal records bureau checks (CRB) had been completed for all but one member of staff who worked at the practice. We were advised that this was in progress.