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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 26 September 2013
Date of Publication: 25 October 2013
Inspection Report published 25 October 2013 PDF | 69.26 KB


Inspection carried out on 26 September 2013

During an inspection to make sure that the improvements required had been made

During our inspection on 6 August 2013 we found the dentist to be non-compliant and served a warning notice on 16 August 2013 with respect to infection control practices. At our follow-up inspection on 26 September 2013 we found that the dentist was compliant with the warning notice and people were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed and action taken. People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

For example, we found that most items of emergency medication and equipment recommended by the Resuscitation Council UK were in place. Policies and procedures were in place with regard to, for example, the decontamination of instruments and the cleaning of the practice. We observed that the decontamination process was compliant with requirements. The autoclave, which sterilized instruments, had been serviced and tests to provide the required validation certificate were booked.

Risk assessments had been undertaken and the dentist was firming up a plan to audit practices. The dentist had audited their decontamination processes using the tool recommended by the Department of Health's Health Technical Memorandum 01-05. This meant that people could be assured that the dentist was minimizing any risks they could face and continuously working to improve practices and the quality of service offered.