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Hume: NHS staff deserve credit for rapid response to HIV risk

August 19, 2013 3:43 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman Jim Hume MSP has praisedJim HumeJim Hume staff at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Dumfries and Galloway for their rapid response after it was discovered that dental patients may have accidentally been exposed to the HIV virus.

Dental patients who received treatment in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Dumfries and Galloway areas are being contacted as a precaution after a former dentist who treated them was found to have the HIV infection.

The NHS boards have set up a confidential free phone helpline - 0800 028 2816 - that will be open daily from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm from Monday 19th August 2013 until Sunday 1st September 2013.

Commenting, Jim Hume MSP said:

"This is clearly a very unfortunate situation. We know that the risk of clinicians with HIV passing on the disease is very small but it is important that every step is taken to identify patients who may have been affected.

"NHS staff deserve credit for their quick response to this tough problem and for the work they are doing to ensure that people involved are receiving the support they need.

"We should also not overlook the fact that the former dentist at the heart of this case is a person who will need a good deal of sympathy and help. I am sure that the last thing they wanted was to put patients at risk."