INFECTION CONTROL

At NHS Dentist we recognised from the outset that patients are rightly concerned about what goes on “behind the scenes”. Every patient has to be confident when they walk into NHS Dentist that the surgery and instruments are spotless. We have always taken great pride at NHS Dentist in training staff from their induction and continuously throughout their time with us.

We have been awarded the GOLD STANDARD by the Infection Control Team for the Inner Cluster (Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington, Chelsea, Westminster) and we were the first practice to be awarded the GOLD STANDARD in Hammersmith and Fulham Primary Care Trust area.

The process at NHS Dentist is not complicated but very precise

Every instrument that goes into your mouth will have been through a cleaning process and then an autoclave to sterilise it. It will then be pouched and kept sealed until it is opened in front of you when you are in the surgery. Records of exactly which machine your instruments went through are kept for up to 25 years so we can trace their progress through the cleaning process.

 

As a summary of what we do the following may help to understand the process at NHS Dentist.

In each surgery at NHS Dentist, dirty instruments that have been used are immediately replaced in the silver “H” tray with a clip over them to hold them in place (to avoid them falling out and causing a needlestick injury to patient or staff).

At NHS Dentist our dentists and nurses are always discussing the latest improvements in infection control. Our head nurse is active in researching the newest solutions for cleaning our instruments, machine optimisation and maintenance of machinery.

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