Written by Bella Dalima
12 Nov, 2014 | 3:32 pm
More than 22,000 patients are to be recalled for tests to see if they have been infected with blood-borne viruses, which could include HIV, amid concerns over a dentist who treated patients in the Nottingham area.
NHS England said it will announce a “significant patient recall” of people to be tested – believed to be the biggest ever in UK medical history.
Blood-borne viruses include HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
The recall has been sparked over concerns the dentist who treated patients in Nottingham over a 32-year period, did not follow proper procedures.
The paper said the dentist, who has not been named, was suspended in June after being filmed by a whistleblower while allegedly breaching infection-control standards.
Health chiefs launched an investigation after viewing the footage and concluded patients may have been placed at risk of infection, the newspaper reports.
The dentist received an interim 18-month suspension by the General Dental Council in August, pending investigation.
The dentist is understood not to be HIV positive or have any blood borne viruses.
Experts are said to have recommended all the dentist’s patients are screened and health chiefs will hold a news conference today.
The paper quoted a source as saying the risk of infection is low, but people must be tested.
It says an emergency walk-in centre has been established in Nottinghamshire for worried patients.
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