Former patient of Dr. Scott Harrington worried about possible HIV, hepatitis exposure

TULSA - A special clinic will open Saturday for patients of a dentist under investigation for unsanitary practices.

As many as 7,000 patients of Tulsa dentist Scott Harrington may be at risk for HIV and Hepatitis B & C, according to health officials.

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Joyce Baylor was a patient of Harrington's and she never thought she'd be dealing with so much pain a year and a half after stopping by his office.

"I had a tooth removed, and thought everything was okay until this came up," said Baylor.

After learning Harrington was under investigation, Baylor became sick with worry.

"It's scary," she said. "It's almost unreal in a sense that this could be happening."

Baylor couldn't recall anything out of the ordinary when she visited Harrington's office.

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She said Harrington was friendly.

"He'd shake my hand, took X-rays and showed me what he was going to do," said Baylor.

She said the whole situation has created an uneasy feeling about doctor visits.

"When you go to the doctor you trust them, and you don't look for anything to be wrong," said Baylor.

TESTING CLINIC

The Tulsa Health Department has set up a testing clinic for those patients to be screened.

The clinic will be at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center, located at 5635 N. Martin Luther King.

The clinic will be open on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The clinic is closed on Sunday. Services will resume starting Monday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Patients who receive a notification letter in the mail are asked to bring the letter with them.

Officials say patients can expect the results two to three weeks after being tested.

HOTLINE

The health department urges former patients of Harrington's to call a special hotline for more information. The number is 918-595-4500.

The hotline hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The hotline is closed on Sunday. It will resume on Monday. Weekday hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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