Submitted by the HKPR District Health Unit
Published May 29 2018
Patients of Lakeland Clinic in Lindsay who received dental treatment between Nov. 10 2017 and Feb. 21 2018 are being urged to get tested for hepatitis B hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit has notified patients of Lakeland Clinic located at 2 Albert Street North in Lindsay who received treatment during that time that they may be at risk for a bloodborne virus.
The warning comes after the Health Unit investigated the infection and prevention practices of the clinic and found there were times in which proper sterilization of equipment may not have happened.
When sterilization is not done properly there is a risk that clients may be exposed to other people’s germs on improperly cleaned instruments.
The investigation started after the Health Unit was notified of a person recently diagnosed with hepatitis C who had received treatment at Lakeland Clinic. The investigation revealed a potential link to a second person with hepatitis C who also received treatment at the clinic.
The Health Unit has been working closely with the staff of Lakeland Clinic and proper sterilization practices are now in place.
“The clinic has worked with the Health Unit to correct any identified deficiencies in their sterilization practices and they are now operating at the expected standard of care” says Dr. Lynn Noseworthy Medical Officer of Health for the HKPR District Health Unit. “As a result the clinic is permitted to continue its practice.”
Though the risk of contracting a virus is low all patients who received treatment between Nov. 10 2017 and Feb. 21 2018 are being urged to be tested for hepatitis B hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Early diagnosis can ensure anyone infected receives treatment and does not unknowingly spread a virus. Many people who become ill with Hep B Hep C and HIV do not have symptoms.
or by calling the Health Unit 1-866-888-4577 ext. 1006. Nurses are available Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May 28 to June 1 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on all other weekdays.
The Health Unit is continuing its investigation.