Dentist waiting room magazines are 'health and safety risk'
A Dorset dentist has been told to throw out some of the magazines from her waiting room – because they are a health and safety risk.
Monica Symes, who runs a dental practice in Lyme Regis, was told by an NHS infection control worker that unless she did so, she could fail an inspection by NHS regulator the Care Quality Commission.
The dentist, 65, who has practised for more than 30 years, said: “I was told that I ought not to have any magazines out that are more than a week old.
“Mostly the magazines aren’t very old, I subscribe to Country Life and Private Eye and bring them in when I’ve finished them, and then there are other ones like Gardeners’ World and Heat, which staff and patients bring in. I can’t believe they would pose any risk to patients.”
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A spokesman for Dorset Primary Care Trust said: “There is no specific requirement for practices to remove magazines within a specified time period; however, practice owners should ensure that magazines are in good condition and free from obvious contamination.”