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Bhandall Dental Practice - Stanley Road

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 17 September 2012
Date of Publication: 10 October 2012
Inspection Report published 10 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 reviewed all the information we have gathered about Bhandall Dental Practice - Stanley Road, carried out a visit on 17 September 2012, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

People told us they had no concerns about the cleanliness of the surgery. One person said “The place always looks clean. I do not have any problems with that. The staff always wear gloves when they examine me.”

We saw that systems were in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. The lead nurse for infection control took us through the process used for decontamination and sterilisation of used instruments. This consisted of the instruments being transported from the surgery in a container. The instruments were then scrubbed and placed in the washer/disinfector or scrubbed and checked for debris under the magnifying light. The nurse explained that if instruments were visually clean they would then be placed in the autoclave to be sterilised. They told us that the instruments would then be put into bags and dated for use within 21 days. We were told that the instruments were checked regularly and if not used within the expiry date they were re-sterilised prior to use. We looked at a sample of the sterilised instruments stored in the surgery and saw that they were all in date.

We saw evidence to show that everyone involved in clinical treatment had received infection control training. This training would give staff basic knowledge and understanding of infection prevention to help protect people from infection and risk. We asked three people who had recently had treatments at this practice if they had any problems afterwards such as infection. All three confirmed that they had not developed any infection after their treatments.

We saw that there were plenty of gloves, aprons and masks available and staff spoken with confirmed that they used personal protective equipment when carrying out treatment and decontamination tasks. On the day of our inspection we found that the treatment room and equipment in that room were visibly clean. This included the dental chair, equipment used for treatment and the work surfaces. Staff talked about the cleaning processes they undertook. These actions meant that bacteria were less likely to grow and infection transmission risk was lowered.

The provider may wish to note that we saw that the tops of the inner drawers in the treatment room had some rust on them. We also saw that there was a gap between the join on the flooring and wall in the decontamination room. This meant that some repair work was needed to prevent any infection risk to people.

The manager and nurse told us about new checking systems that were to be implemented to improve decontamination and sterilisation processes. They told us that equipment had been ordered and that they would implement these checks once it had been delivered.