22,000 patients recalled after fears they were treated by 'HIV-positive' dentist

22,000 patients recalled after fears they were treated by 'HIV-positive' dentist
Published: 2014 November 12 12:21:21 (8760 Views)
More than 22,000 patients in the Nottingham area in the UK are being urged to come forward for tests after fears they were treated by a dentist suspected to be HIV-positive.

The recall – believed to be the biggest in UK medical history – affects all patients who were treated by the dentist over a 32-year period.

The allegations surrounding the dentist came after a whistleblower secretly filmed the man allegedly breaching infection-control standards.
 
Those deemed at risk will also be tested for other blood-borne viruses included hepatitis B and C.

Sources say more than 160 patients were being classed at 'serious risk' from the infection.

The unnamed dentist is also allegedly responsible for separate failures that left health experts 'horrified'.

Following the allegations, NHS England bosses are trying to track down all his former patients to warn them that they need to be screened.

To deal with the crisis, an emergency walk-in centre has been set up in Nottinghamshire.

A hotline, which will operate seven days a week, has also been launched to advise patients who were treated by the dentist.



Bosses say it will not be possible to write to each patient within an 'acceptable time frame' because some of those who were treated visited the surgery as far back as 1982.

Despite the dentist's alleged behaviour, which may have put thousands at risk, he was suspended for just 18 months in August pending the start of the investigation.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper that: 'While the risk of infection is low, the advice has been to screen everyone. The public must be aware of the need to take action.'

In April 2014, the rules surrounding HIV in healthcare workers were changed.

Bans on those with HIV being able to carry out certain dental and surgical procedures were lifted.

The General Dental Council reported that patients would have more chance of being struck by lightning than being infected with HIV by a healthcare worker.

Worldwide, there have been just four cases of clinicians infecting patients, according to the GDC.

No one has contracted HIV as a result of medical or dental treatment in Britain.




Source - DailyMail

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