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The advice in this section is for general guidance only.
If you need more specific advice you can call one of our dento-legal advisers on 0800 374 626. They are available between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and provide an on-call service for dento-legal emergencies or urgent queries 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Alternatively you can fill out our form and an adviser will respond.
As a dental professional you have a professional, legal and contractual responsibility to protect your patients' confidentiality.
There are many third parties who may request confidential patient information from dental professionals or with whom you may wish to share such information.
The dental health of people with dementia can become secondary to other considerations. But the dental team can make a vital contribution to patients' quality of life.
Following recent events, the DDU has received a number of calls from members who have been asked to cooperate with the police by providing clinical records used to identify the deceased.
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