The Chief Health Officer is advising patients who have had dental work done at the dental practice of Dr James PY Ng, situated at 90 Ramsay Street, Haberfield, that they have a low risk of being exposed to blood borne viruses. The Chief Health Officer recommends that patients of this practice see their GP for testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, particularly those who have had one or more invasive procedures.
This advice applies to all patients who have ever attended this Haberfield practice, even if they saw a different dentist.
Following a complaint to the Dental Council of NSW, a public health investigation was carried out at the practice. Assessment by the Dental Council of NSW on 23 July 2018 found evidence of poor cleaning of both dental equipment and the practice environment. The Dental Council of NSW suspended Dr Ng’s registration on 27 July 2018, so he is not currently permitted to practice as a dentist in Australia.
The Chief Health Officer is of the view that there is the potential risk of infection to patients and this applies particularly to those who have undergone invasive procedures, such as procedures involving a needle or other instrument piercing the skin, gums or tooth pulp/root or any other procedure where bleeding may have occurred.
For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions or contact the information line on 1800 610 344.