Patients reserve the right to be treated in a clinical environment that is safe and sanitary (we aim for an aseptic field, not sterile). For the safety and wellbeing of our patients, visitors and staff, our practice follows the latest guidance and evidence to maintain infection control.
We are proud to say that we comply with all the quality requirements from the Department of Health, and with The Health Technical Memorandum 01-05(HTM01-05), which is now a legal requirement for every dental practice in UK, and its Scottish equivalent The Health Planning Note 13, Part2 (SHPN13 Part2).
To help safeguard patients from communicable diseases, the Department of Health now stipulates that every dental practice must have a designated decontamination unit. To meet this mandatory requirement, we have specifically constructed a decontamination room on our first floor, where used instruments are washed, sterilised and repackaged. Your safety is at the heart of our operations.
Monday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm
4-6 Barclay Street, Stonehaven,
Kincardineshire, AB39 2BJ
Call today on: 01569 668 088
Local Decontamination Unit
We are HTM 01-05 compliant
Our Infection Prevention and Control Policy
We follow the latest decontamination guidelines from the Department of Health for new and used instruments. Stored instruments are protected against recontamination by packing in air-tight sealed pouches.
The treatment rooms and all equipment are decontaminated appropriately between each patient and at the end of every clinical session.
Defects found during the cleaning of equipment are immediately reported to the Decontamination Lead worker.
Every member of our team involved in the clinical care of patients and/or the decontamination of dental instruments has been screened for blood-borne viruses and has evidence of effective immunisation.
Whenever possible we utilise single-use instruments, which are always disposed of safely.
All items sent to dental laboratories are washed and disinfected prior to being dispatched, and similarly, all items received from the laboratory are washed and disinfected prior to being fitted. Our equipment is cleaned or decontaminated in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines before being sent for repair.
Legionnaire’s Disease, which attacks the lungs, is caused by a bacterial infection of soil and water systems. Here at Stonehaven Dental Practice, we take all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of staff, patients or visitors being exposed to legionella bacteria by carrying out regular risk assessments, water tests and audits.
Dental unit waterlines undergo disinfection, flushing after each session and regular maintenance to minimise the risk of contamination. Practice water is inspected and tested as necessary to maintain the water quality and safety
Education & Training
Each member of our team undergoes regular training and review and has a responsibility to ensure a safe working environment for all. We are committed to a staff training, which includes: the principles of infection control, the use of decontamination equipment and materials, daily inspection and testing of the equipment and record of maintenance.
At Stonehaven Dental Practice you can be reassured that the most modern and evidence based techniques are used in combination with the best quality dental materials and equipment.