Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dental patients offered Hepatitis C test after infection probe

Patients at two dental surgeries in Ayrshire are being offered blood tests following an investigation into infection control precautions.

More than 5000 clients of surgeries at Millbank Lane, Cumnock and Mill O’Shields Road, Drongan will be contacted and offered a test for blood borne virus infections, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran insisted there was very low risk of Hepatitis C infection and even lower risk of Hepatitis B or HIV infection.

It follows a previous warning to patients in October 2013, which health chiefs say brought additional information to light about breaches which may have happened prior to October.

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