Susan Edworthy branded 'a risk to patients' by watchdog
dentist near Burnham-On-Sea has been branded a "risk to patients"
after she used out of date fillings and let her pet cats roam
bosses and health watchdogs found Susan Edworthy, 58, fell "seriously
below the standard of a reasonable dentist" during unannounced
visits to her surgery.
found she used out-of-date filling materials and limited nurses
to just one spray of disinfectant between patients.
report of a professional conduct committee hearing by the General
Dental Council said: "You failed to maintain appropriate
levels of infection control and hygiene at the practice in that
at various times you did not take adequate steps to prevent your
cats from entering the practice."
did not ensure that three in one aspirator tips were adequately
decontaminated, you did not remove your gloves when touching items
outside the sterile area."
added: "In the committee's judgement there is a risk of you
not maintaining the appropriate levels of infection control and
hygiene in your practice and therefore you continue to pose a
risk to patients."
findings come after NHS Somerset and the Care Quality Commission
visited Lympsham Dental Practice, in Lympsham, Somerset, between
January 2009 to September 2012.
inquiry's report said improvements have been made.
committee last week imposed 11 conditions on the dentist, demanding
she create a personal development plan and carry out hygiene audits.
Edworthy, who is trying to sell the practice, said: "I have
fully co-operated with the General Dental Council and I have taken
all the necessary steps to ensure that I can provide my patients
with the best possible dental care."