Have you undergone invasive dental procedures since August 12, 2016 by Dr Sahar Somaey at her Fairfield dental practice?
Then South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) is advising patients to see their GP for testing for blood borne viruses because there is a “low risk” they may have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.
Following a complaint to the Dental Council of NSW, a public health investigation was carried out at Somaey Dental Services (located within the Ware Street Medical and Dental Centre, Shop 3, 37-41 Ware Street, Fairfield).
Assessments in June and July 2017 by the Dental Council and NSW Health found evidence of poor cleaning and sterilisation of dental equipment used in the practice since January 2017, and no evidence of good infection control since August 12, 2016.
The Dental Council suspended Dr Somaey on June 22, 2017 from practising as a dentist in NSW and has referred the case onto the HCCC for investigation.
No instances of patient infection arising from treatment at Somaey Dental Services have been identified. However, depending on what procedures people had at the clinic, there is a low risk that they may have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.
Acting Director of the SWSLHD Public Health Unit, Dr Kate Alexander, recommends anyone who had an invasive procedure at Somaey Dental Services between August 12 2016 to July 20 2017 to discuss testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, as a precaution.
She also said while blood borne viruses can remain undetected for years, effective treatments are now available to prevent long-term health effects and transmissions to other people.
“The potential risk of infection applies to patients who underwent invasive procedures, such as those involving a needle or other instrument piercing the skin, gums or tooth pulp/root and other procedures where bleeding may have occurred,” Dr Alexander said.
“It’s important to note that the risk of transmission of a blood-borne virus to any individual patient in the dental setting is low.
“Patients who only had simple check-ups, an x-ray, or to get dentures should not be at risk but those with doubts or concerns should see their GP.”
Dr William O’Reilly, President of the Dental Council of NSW said: “The overwhelming majority of dental practitioners who were audited by the Council demonstrated sound knowledge of infection control guidelines, procedures and obligations.”
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