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  • AU: Up to 10,000 patients of a Sydney dental clinic are being told to check for HIV and hepatitis

    Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/20...dentist-clinic

    Up to 10,000 patients of a Sydney dental clinic are being told to check for HIV and hepatitis
    By Gabriella Rogers Health Reporter
    6:56pm Aug 8, 2018

    Up to 10,000 patients in Sydney are being asked to get a blood test after they were potentially exposed to HIV and hepatitis at a dental clinic.

    The dentist in charge of the Haberfield practice, Dr James Pok-Yan Ng, was suspended last month for breaching standard infection controls.

    An investigation by the Dental Council of NSW and NSW Health was prompted by a patient complaint in late June.

    Problems were found with the cleaning, sterilisation and storage of instruments, waste disposal and staff training.

    NSW Health says the problems are likely to have been present for many years.

    "Precautionary testing for hepatitis B, C and HIV is recommended for anyone who attended the clinic over the past 35 years, especially those who had invasive procedures," said Dr Zeina Najjar, Acting Director, Sydney Local Health District's Public Health Unit...
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