More than 2,000 people have been tested for HIV and hepatitis amid concerns a dentist flouting infection control rules put them at risk of contracting blood-borne viruses.
Desmond D’Mello’s alleged refusal to follow NHS safety guidelines sparked the biggest patient recall after he was secretly filmed treating 166 patients across three days.
NHS England said today 2,403 people have contacted a helpline established to offer advice to former patients.
A spokeswoman confirmed 2,258 former patients have had blood tests to establish if they are at risk.
But they face an anxious wait, with results not expected for 14 days.
A whistleblower has alleged Mr D’Mello re-used dirty equipment and failed to change his gloves between patients.
And it emerged the latest CQC report by inspectors who examined the surgery in July found medical equipment was stored in a staff toilet, posing ‘a risk of these items coming into contact with body fluids which may be contaminated’.
Our patients can be assured we take infection control very seriously at Belle Vue. You can view our last CQC report here.