The Pryor Times

April 2, 2013

Blood tests for dental patients

— Pryor Times

The Tulsa Health Department and the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Sunday 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, 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 State Department of Health says it will offer the free screenings on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the 7,000 patients who saw Dr. Harrington over the past six years. Screenings are being offered at the Tulsa Health Department's North Regional Health and Wellness Center.

Officials say 420 people were tested Saturday.

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.

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. 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.