The Tulsa Health Department and the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced yesterday they are notifying approximately 7,000 patients of a Tulsa dental practice about potential exposure to blood borne viruses following a joint investigation with the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry. The investigation revealed practices that could have exposed patients to infectious material.
Patients who had procedures at Dr. W. Scott Harrington’s dental practice, located at 2111 S. Atlanta Place in Tulsa or at 12806 E. 86th Place N. in Owasso, Oklahoma will begin to receive letters in the mail. The notification includes patients who have visited Dr. Harrington since 2007 and recommends they be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is offering extended hours and free testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV, as patients of the Dr. W. Scott Harrington dental practice may now be living in Oklahoma County.
Extended hours for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV testing:
Friday March 29th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday March 30th from 10:00am – 2:00pm
April 1st-April 5 extended hours 7:00am-6pm
All testing for patients who were seen by Dr. W. Scott Harrington will be done free of charge at the Oklahoma City- County Health Department’s Main location at 921 NE 23rd, OKC, OK 73105. Services will be provided on a walk-in basis. In addition, the health department has set up a hotline at (405) 425-4437 for people with questions about hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV.
Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV are serious medical conditions and infected patients may not have outward symptoms of the disease for many years. As a precaution, and in order to take appropriate steps to protect their health, it is important for these patients to get tested. It should be noted that transmission in this type of occupational setting is rare.