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Queensland Health shuts dental clinic

Queensland Health has shut down a Brisbane dental clinic following concerns over its infection control practices.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said Queensland Health had taken action under the Public Health Act to order Gap Free Smiles at Carina to close until proper infection control standards are met.

The Office of the Health Ombudsman has also today taken immediate action to suspend a dentist operating at the clinic.

Dr Young said investigations by public health officials this week raised concerns about inadequate infection control standards at the clinic.

Queensland Health will identify and contact people specifically treated at the clinic to recommend they see their GP or call 13HEALTH to arrange testing for blood borne diseases, including viruses such as Hepatitis C.

“The risk of transmission is very small,” Dr Young said.

“We are acting from an overabundance of caution but investigations this week have revealed potential ongoing problems, and it’s prudent to notify the public.

“Although we have no indication that any infectious or transmissible disease has been contracted by patients, it is important people be tested."

Dr Young said public health experts would attend the premises to check relevant procedures were being followed before the clinic would be allowed to reopen.

People who may have attended the clinic and have concerns should speak to their GP or 13HEALTH are available to respond to enquiries.

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Last updated: 23 December 2016