NHS Lothian is warning people about the dangers of using unlicensed tattooists.
It comes following the arrest of a 28 year-old man in Edinburgh for
allegedly carrying out tattoo work without the proper qualifications and
Dr Duncan McCormick, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS
Lothian, said: “Unhygienic tattoo equipment carries a risk of infection
of blood-borne viruses including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
“We would advise anyone who has recently had a tattoo that was not
from a licensed tattoo parlour to contact the NHS Lothian Health
Protection Team on 0131 465 5420 from Monday to Friday between the hours
of 9am and 5pm.
“The Health Protection Team will be able to provide initial advice and give information on testing and support if required.”
Lothian and Borders Police and Environmental Wardens from the City of
Edinburgh Council carried out a joint investigation following
intelligence that members of the public in the Capital and Midlothian
were paying for tattoo sessions from an individual without the
appropriate qualifications or permissions.
In each case the tattoo artist would visit their homes to carry out the work.
A police spokesman said: “It is likely that only a small number of
people have been affected. However, we are keen to make sure anyone who
received a tattoo at home from an individual they met in Edinburgh seeks
the appropriate medical advice from NHS Lothian.
“Tattooing requires a licence, which guarantees customers safe and hygienic practises by the artist.”
Issued: 07 August 2012
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