Posted: 2 July, 2015
Thousands of Sydneysiders could be exposed to disease
Twelve dentists are under investigation after safety breaches potentially left 11,000 patients exposed to HIV and hepatitis.
NSW Health believes multiple infection control breaches have likely occurred and has urged patients at four practices to see their GP for testing for blood-borne viruses.
The four surgeries affected are the Gentle Dentist practices in Campsie and Sussex street in the city and two other Robert Starkenburg practices in Surry Hills and Bondi.
11,251 patients underwent an invasive procedure at the Gentle Dentist clinics, potentially putting them at risk, but due to inadequate patient records at Dr Starkenburg’s surgeries, it is not possible to determine which patients had invasive procedures.
As a result of the infection control breaches, the registration of the Director of the Gentle Dentist, Dr Samson Sing Chan, has been suspended.
Four other dentists who worked there have also been suspended and a further six dentists from The Gentle Dentist have had conditions imposed on their registration.
Dr Starkenburg was suspended from practice in December last year.
Doctor Jeremy McAnulty from NSW Health said there is no evidence of infection at this time.
"The risk is there, but the risk is low."
If you think you may be effected, NSW Health has set up a public information line on 1800 610 344.