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Infection control issue letters sent to Aberdeen dental clinic patients

Bridge of Don Dental Clinic
Bridge of Don Dental Clinic stressed the potential risk was low

Hundreds of people are being contacted due to infection control procedures at an Aberdeen dental clinic.

NHS Grampian has written to more than 900 patients at the Bridge of Don Dental Clinic and Research Centre in Silverburn Crescent.

An inspection in March found that infection control procedures - including instrument decontamination - did not meet national standards.

The letter says that the risk of infection is low.

Dr Maria Rossi, consultant in public health medicine at NHS Grampian, said: "We are working closely with local and national experts and have concluded there is a low risk of infection to patients.

"As our priority is always for the safety and welfare of patients, we felt it was important to write to inform them of this incident.

"The letter emphasises that no action is required by the patient, but tests will be available if anyone remains concerned having read the letter and after calling the helpline."

'Highest standards'

Clinic owner Dr Ronnie Barogiannis said he understood that NHS Grampian had to follow procedures to inform patients.

He said the health board acknowledged the potential risk was low.

He added: "We have invested £400,000 of our own money to get the clinic up and running and fitted out and we believe it to be one of the best equipped in Aberdeen.

"We hope that in time we can show we are providing the highest of dental standards."

Any patient with concerns can contact the NHS 24 helpline on 08000 28 28 16 between 08:00 and 22:00.

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