New decontamination suite available for dental students

Portsmouth Grammar School pupils, back from left  to right: Sam Rush, Oliver Clark, Hermione Barrick, Michaela Clancy, Ilana Berney, Lizzy Greenfield, Charlotte Phillips, Grace Goodfellow, Caleb Barron, Robert Merriam. Front row, left to right: Katie Morrison, Gemma Webb, Lana Watt, Alfie Perry-Ward

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DENTAL students at the University of Portsmouth have a new learning space after the opening of a decontamination suite.

Dental therapy students and nurses will use the suite to train for all aspects of decontamination and infection control, from instrument cleaning to testing and validation.

University of Portsmouth Dental Academy director Dr Sara Holmes said the suite would allow dental students to learn about the practical elements of sterilisation.

She said the suite would be used not only by dental students, but also by Portsmouth’s working dentists and dental nurses.

Dr Holmes said: ‘It will be an environment to train local dental teams on refreshments and updates.’

Dr Holmes said the suite would take on an essential role in the university’s dental education.

‘It’s a safe way of learning how to work with and care for contaminated instruments,’ she added.

‘It’s absolutely fundamental to training for them to be able to learn in a safe environment.’

Clinical director John Weld said: ‘The new decontamination suite is a fantastic addition to the state-of-the-art facilities we already have at Portsmouth.

‘It will allow students to handle the equipment and give them the opportunity to learn without compromising patient care.’