THD tests more than 1,000 former Harrington patients


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Updated: 4/02/2013 5:50 pm Published: 4/02/2013 4:28 pm


FOX23 has uncovered new information on the case surrounding Dr. W. Scott Harrington.

Harrington was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Dallas County in 2001, the charged was reduced to a misdemeanor and he was sentenced to two years probation.

On Tueday, the Tulsa District Attorney told FOX23 they have not received a case from the Board of Dentistry to review yet. Once they’ve received the case they will review it to see what if any charges Harrington could face.

As of 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 216 patients have been screened for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. A cumulative total will be released on Wednesday.

Approximately 1,200 have been tested since the clinic first opened on Saturday. Testing will continue weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center, 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Most people will be notified of their test results within approximately two weeks of testing.

Patients who have given the health department permission to mail negative test results to their home will receive their results in the mail. Persons with positive test results will be contacted personally by a health department representative and counseled about information specific to the disease for which the test was positive. The health department will also begin an individual case investigation in an effort to determine when and how the person became infected. Recommendations for testing of a spouse or partner will be made following the outcome of the case investigation.

Persons with positive test results will be referred to their private physician for further evaluation. Treatment referrals and payer source will vary according to each patient’s medical situation and their current health insurance coverage. For persons without a physician or health insurance, a health department professional will provide information regarding other health resources available.

Any positive test results confirmed through private testing by former patients of the W. Scott Harrington dental practice should be reported to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, per Oklahoma’s communicable disease reporting statute. There is no guarantee that persons may obtain test results quicker through private means rather than utilizing the current clinic availability provided at the Tulsa Health Department and other county health departments.

Former patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington’s dental practice should contact the hotline 918-595-4500 to speak to a public health representative about testing for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

English- and Spanish-speaking public health representatives are available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

The hotline received 231 phone calls Tuesday as of 4 p.m. The Tulsa Health Department will continue to provide situation updates on these websites: www.tulsa-health.org and www.health.ok.gov.


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