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HTM 01-05 – Dental Decontamination
So how does this affect the surgery building?
The biggest and potentially most difficult requirement is to create separate decontamination rooms. Many practices are based in converted residential accommodation or small high street shops, and the provision of a new room or rooms is almost impossible.
The guidance recognises that, where building alterations or purpose built premises are difficult to acquire, best practice may not be achievable. However, where alterations work can be achieved or new practices and premises commissioned, it is advised that full best practice provisions are achieved.
HTM 01 05 provides diagnostic layouts for the perfect rooms. From two separate rooms with ‘clean and dirty’ sides and separate sterilisation and wash ante-rooms; to more practical single rooms with a “clean and dirty’ zone and separate washing and rinsing sinks and a wash hand basin.
What should dentists do?
Identify requirements under EQR (use DH/IPS audit tool);
Contact PCT how and when HTM is to be implemented;
Prepare a best practice implementation plan;
Ask about funding.
If the plan requires alterations to the building, internally or extensions, ensure that Building Regulations and Local Authority planning approval is achieved.
If moving premises, ensure Change of Use permission is granted and any new signage is approved with the Local Authority.
If building or converting premises contact an architect to help with these matters.
JDA have experience in designing cost effective surgery solutions.