Health bosses have confirmed that five patients have tested positively for hepatitis C in a mass screening programme set up after concerns were raised about the hygiene practises of a Nottinghamshire dentist.
Patients who had received treatment at Daybrook Dental Practice from Mr Desmond D’Mello were contacted by the NHS to encourage them to go for blood tests after it was reported that the dentist did not clean his hands between patients and employ the relevant infection control procedures. Mr D’Mello had been working at the practice for many years and in total, more than 22,000 people were contacted.
In the largest ever NHS recall, 4,526 patients were tested and five were diagnosed with hepatitis C. There were no cases of HIV or hepatitis B.
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