NSW Government Suspends Dentist, Warns Patients of Bloodborne Viruses

The New South Wales Government has warned decades worth of patients at a dental surgery in Sydney’s inner-west they could have been infected with bloodborne viruses.

Dr James Pok-Yan Ng was suspended last month after his cleaning and sterilisation practices in Haberfield breached Australian Dental Guidelines.

After a tip-off from a concerned patient, the clinic was inspected last month and it was found that the dental equipment and practice were poorly cleaned.

Sydney Local Health District [SLHD] said patients who had visited the Ramsay Street practice in the past 35 years should get precautionary testing for hepatitis B, C and HIV.

Acting director of SLHD’s Public Health Unit Zeina Najjar said anyone who has attended the clinic should be tested, particularly if they had multiple, invasive procedures.

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