Tushar Patel has been banned from working for a year after being found unfit to practice following a ‘catalogue of errors’, a medical standards report revealed.
The dental patient had advanced gum disease leading experienced dentist Patel to remove all of her top teeth during two appointments in the space of a week, a panel heard.
Patel was a dentist at Confidential Clinics in Purley, Surrey and treated the woman in the summer of 2017, extracting five of the patient’s teeth on July 13 and five teeth on July 18.
The female patient told him she was taking blood-thinning medicine Warfarin for a rare blood condition that causes clotting.
Hours after her final appointment, she went to A&E for bleeding, and died in hospital after collapsing at home with ‘bleeding from her mouth’, a report said.
The General Dental Council (GDC) was informed and a professional conduct hearing last week ruled Patel’s fitness to practice was impaired.
Patel failed to discuss the patient’s medical history or her increased risk of bleeding because she was taking Warfarin, the hearing was told.
He also ‘failed to pack the extraction sockets’ and provide the patient with ‘post-operative instructions’, the panel found.
The report stated: ‘These were basic errors which placed the patient at significant risk of harm, when this could have, and should have been avoided.’
The patient attended A&E at King’s College Hospital, London, at 9.50pm on July 18, but was discharged following treatment to attempt to stop the bleeding.
But she then collapsed at home during the early hours of July 19 was bleeding from her mouth, the GDC report said.
Mr Patel ‘fully accepted’ the shortcomings and the panel found him impaired to work, the report said.
The committee’s suspended Mr Patel’s registration to practice for the maximum period of 12 months.
Pending an appeal by Mr Patel, the suspension will start on November 11 2019.
Speaking today, Dr Patel said: ‘The patient’s death was a tragedy and my sincere condolences go to the family.
‘I always strive to provide the very best care for my patients, however, I accept the GDC’s findings and deeply regret that there have been deficiencies in my practice relating to one patient. I can confirm that those issues have now been addressed.’
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