Dental design experts clean up

A company aiding dental practices in their bid to create space for local decontamination units (LDUs) has cleaned up.

Workplace design specialists, Space Solutions, has secured a contract with NHS Lanarkshire to manage the design and implementation of local decontamination units (LDUs) at 12 health centres across the Lanarkshire region in Scotland where decontamination is ahead of England in its timescale for implementation.

The deal is a major success for Space Solutions’ LDU Assist scheme – a three-stage service designed to assist dental practices in meeting government requirements to create sterile units for the decontamination of reusable dental equipment.

The LDU Assist scheme helps dental practices adhere to guidelines set out in the Glennie Report – which reviewed sterile service provision across the NHS in Scotland. The report says that all dental practices in Scotland must have or started to plan for a LDU by the end of 2009.

The deal follows a successful two-week project creating a LDU unit at the Victoria Dental Practice in Glasgow.

John Mulgrew, commercial manager at Space Solutions, said: ‘LDU Assist provides a one-stop shop through all the processes involved, including help in funding applications – with minimum disruption to business.

‘We have spoken to dentists to ensure the service addresses all the concerns and issues they would have in developing an LDU, particularly if they think their premises could not be developed or they are concerned about the impact on their business.

‘We have a wealth of experience in the medical sector, and indeed in the business community in general, and have a team of multi-disciplined professionals in place to provide a bespoke integrated approach to LDU implementation. We also can provide the latest advice on LDU guidelines and funding to ensure any LDU project progresses as smoothly as possible.”

‘With our new NHS Lanarkshire contract, on top of the project we have just completed in Glasgow for the Victoria Dental Practice, we are confident of seeing further success for Space Solutions in the this sector in the future.’

Grants to assist dentists in meeting the financial cost of the LDU requirements are available from NHS Health Boards – but Space Solutions believes many practices are unsure about how to go about securing financial assistance and how to put in place a plan for a LDU.

Many practices are also concerned at how they would accommodate a separate room for the LDU – which is determined by the number of patients/surgeries – within their existing premises.

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