Tulsa Health Dept to test former patients of Dr. Scott Harrington

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 4/01/2013 10:04 am Published: 3/29/2013 7:01 pm

The Tulsa Health Department is sending warning letters to patients of Scott Harrington.

The letters urge them to get tested for Hepatitis C virus, Hepatitis B virus and also HIV. Patients of Dr. Harrington prior to 2007 may not receive a letter because that’s as far back as the patient information was kept.

On Saturday morning at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center, there will be free testing. Technicians will draw your blood to check for all three.

Jim Neel is a former patient of Dr. Harrington’s. Back in 1998 he says he had an implant done, but after hearing the news that his former dentist is accused of health and safety violations, he’s very concerned.

"I have chills and I could tell you I'm really not frightened, but it's just the uncertainty of where I am,” says Neel.

Although he is 70-years old, he has been healthy most of his life and that’s why he’s trying not to panic.

"I stopped by my regular dentist this morning but his offices were closed for Good Friday, and I thought maybe he would have access to a lab to get the test before tomorrow,” says Neel.

"Patients will have to fill out some paperwork but they do not need to bring a photo ID,” says Kaitlin Snider with the Tulsa Health Department.

Once you are tested, you can expect to wait two to three weeks before you get your results.

"Anyone who receives a negative result will be notified through the mail. If someone were to test positive they would receive a personal notification,” says Snider.

The Health Department is urging patients not to contact their primary doctor or visit their ER. Instead you can have your testing done at the Health Department or if you want faster results, local testing centers like HOPE in Midtown Tulsa can perform a rapid blood test. For a fee, you can get those results in about 20 minutes or so.

Testing at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center will begin Saturday morning at 10am and continue until 2:00pm and then resume Monday at 8am.

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Wanting2no - 3/30/2013 1:55 AM
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What if you don't live in Tulsa anymore? I saw him a few years back, but live out of the state now? How can patients like me ensure we are in the clear? If they don't want us to see our doctr or go the ER what do they recommend for people who live too far to commute for the test?
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