HEALTH chiefs are trying to contact the parents of 43 children who were treated at a dentist where water was mixed with drain cleaner.
The incident took place in Ireland on Wednesday at the Health Service Executive facility in Ennis, County Clare.
The mistake was discovered the next day and authorities have now shut down the facility until next week.
Authorities said they believe the cleaning product was mixed with the water used for treatment instead of an approved dental product.
Bernard Gloster, from the HSE, said: “This is so regrettable and unfortunate.
“I want to apologise for any concern or upset caused to the children and their families.
“We are taking all of the necessary steps to ensure they are supported and have adequate information. We will be conducting a full review to establish all of the facts.
“I am grateful to all of our management staff and clinicians who worked very hard late into last night to respond to this incident.”
A HSE spokesman said: “HSE Mid West Community Healthcare is currently in contact with the parents of up to 43 children to establish if they were affected by an apparent problem at the HSE Dental Clinic in Bindon St Ennis Co. Clare.
“The incident is believed to have occurred on Wednesday and continued until it was detected on Thursday.
“Early indications, yet to be confirmed, suggest that a drain cleaning product got mixed with the water used during treatment when normally the water would be mixed with an approved dental product.”
The clinic is based on Blindon Street in Ennis and operated five of its six surgeries on Wednesday when the mistake was made.