Winscombe dentist closes following CQC inspection

A dental practice is closed after failing to meet inspectors' health and safety standards.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that patients at Woodborough Dental Practice in Winscombe were "at risk of injury and infection".

Inspectors said that patient privacy was not fully protected and medical history was incomplete.

The commission suspended the registration of one of the practice partners, named as Dr Nigel Smith.

It also referred its findings to NHS England and the General Dental Council (GDC).

Among its findings during an inspection in July, the CQC discovered that equipment was not being sterilised properly and patient records could be easily viewable by other patients.

A CQC spokesman said: "People are entitled to services which provide safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care.

"We expect Woodborough Dental Practice to ensure that standards are met, and we will return in due course to check that it has made the improvements we require. If the practice does satisfy us that it has made sufficient progress, we will consider lifting the suspension."

Woodborough Dental Practice has about 5,000 NHS patients.

The BBC has tried to reach the practice for comment. An answer phone message confirms that it is closed and advises patients to ring the NHS non-emergency 111 number. A General Dental Council spokesman said it did not comment on individual cases.

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