Better get yourself checked if you visited NDCS on Jun 5 and 6

The National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS) just revealed that Dental instruments which were not fully sterilised may have been used on up to 72 patients.

NDCS said all the affected instruments were retrieved by Jun 6, but by then, up to 72 people may have received treatment using the instruments. It added that it is reaching out to all 714 patients who visited the clinics on Jun 5 and 6.

NDCS said that the lapse was discovered on Jun 5, and efforts were made to recall 72 packs of the affected instruments from its specialist outpatient clinics on the second, fourth and sixth floors of the building.

Although the instruments had gone through the first two steps of sterilisation, which involves machine washing and thermal disinfection, they had not completed the final step of steam sterilisation.

In 2016, 12 staff in leadership positions were given stern warnings and financial penalties for gaps in their roles in managing a Hep-C outbreak which affected 25 patients (Source: ST).

If you have visited NDCS on these two dates and have yet to receive a call from them, best to give these numbers a call for your peace of mind.