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19 December 2012
Following the screening of the BBC programme ‘Goodnight Britain’, which featured people being treated for a variety of sleep problems, dentists may find they are being approached more frequently for advice from patients with sleep disorders, such as snoring and sleep apnoea.
10 August 2012
A number of medical and dental members have sought our advice after becoming embroiled in disputes with companies providing directory services.
22 May 2012
Systems for creating electronic records can improve your practice’s efficiency but problems with the accuracy of the information recorded in electronic notes may make it difficult to defend your actions should your clinical ability or fitness to practise ever be called into question.
12 March 2012
The DDU often receives calls from its members about advertising their services. On 1 March 2012, the GDC will introduce new guidance for dental professionals on the principles of ethical advertising.
28 February 2012
Dental professionals are all too aware of the negative impacts of a poor lifestyle on the oral health of patients. As part of the NHS Future Forum recommendations, dental professionals are being reminded of the need to question patients on their lifestyle choices and how these could potentially adversely affect their oral health.
12 January 2012
A warning to dentists in Scotland to seek resolution before removing patients from their list.
25 August 2011
In most cases, complaints about treatment will be made by patients themselves but when the complaint relates to the treatment of a child, the complaint may come from a parent, carer or another adult.
24 June 2011
Retirement can be an exciting time, but for dental professionals it comes with added responsibilities, such as informing patients of your retirement plans, ensuring continuity of care and dealing appropriately with patient records.
17 January 2011
For dentists, the deadline for payment of the GDC’s Annual Retention Fee (ARF) has now passed. If, for any reason, you have forgotten to pay or your payment has not gone through, it is important to act straight away or as soon as you realise there is a problem, for example if you notice the fee amount has not been debited from your account.
16 November 2010
The DDU regularly receives calls from dental hygienists and therapists who have concerns about patient safety at their practice, the conduct of a colleague, or a proposed treatment plan and are unsure what to do for the best.