Nottingham dentist update: Thousands visit drop-in centre

DentistA drop-in clinic for the former patients of suspended dentist Desmond D’Mello has been visited over one thousand times by people who fear they may be at risk.

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NHS set up the clinic at Arnold Health Centre after it was revealed that D’Mello had seriously neglected hygiene rules by not sterilising equipment or changing gloves between patients.

The concerns came to light when a whistleblower contacted health authorities after secretly filming at Daybrook Dental Practice.

Around 2,100 people have used a hotline which was set up for those concerned about their welfare – with 1,300 of those calling when the news broke last Wednesday.

This comes after police opened investigations into the death of Amy Duffield, 23, who died from a viral infection following an appointment with D’Mello.

More than 800 people have had blood tests at the clinic, which will check for a number of viruses such as hepatitis and HIV.

It is understood that only a small number of the dentist’s 22,000 patients were at risk of contracting a virus.

The clinic will be open all week from 8am to 8pm.

Those concerned about D’Mello’s treatment can call the hotline on 03330 142479.

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