Anyone who got treatment at the Lakeland Dental Clinic in Lindsay should get tested. The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says anyone who was treated at the clinic should get tested for hepatitis B, C as well as H.I.V. The health unit says it has notified any patients who visited the clinic between November 10th of last year and February 21st.
H.K.P.R. says it learned of a patient who visited the clinic who was recently diagnosed with hepatitis C. The investigation also unveiled a potential link to a second person with the infection who was treated at the Lakeland Clinic. The H.K.P.R. investigation also revealed there were times where there was improper sterilization of equipment.
The health unit adds that it is working closely with clinic staff and that the proper practices and procedures are now in place. H.K.P.R. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lynn Noseworthy says letters were sent to patients who visited the clinic and says the risk of contracting a bloodborne virus is low. Noseworthty is recommending all patients who visited the clinic get a blood test.
The health unit says patients who get the blood test can expect their results back within one-to-two weeks. If you need more information, you can call the health unit at 1-866-888-4577.