5,000 Patients Sent Letters Warning They May Have Contracted Disease at Dentist

From the Daily Mail, June 1, 2009:

Thousands of people have been told they could be at risk of infections such as HIV or hepatitis because of a dentist’s poor hygiene measures.

Patients in Bristol and Bournemouth have been sent letters alerting them to the potential risk of blood-borne infections after a dentist was found to have been operating poor infection control measures.

The concerns surround the possibility that dental instruments were not adequately sterilised.

NHS South Gloucestershire, NHS Bristol and NHS Bournemouth and Poole said the risk to patients was very low but they took the precautionary measure to reassure people.

Patients will be given the opportunity to attend a special clinic and have a blood test if they wish.

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