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Dental patients warned that their weight could see them turned away at the clinic


A dental surgery in Wales has sent patients letters telling them that they will be referred to a hospital for treatment if they are overweight, citing the safety of staff and the expensive dental equipment as reasons for the warning.

Maendy Dental Practice in Aberdare says that it has been forced to stop morbidly obese patients from visiting the surgery because the chairs cannot hold them; if the chair cannot move properly when the patient is seated, the letter states that they will be referred to a hospital for continued treatment.

The letter says that ‘the dental chair has a weight limit restriction’ and if patients are too heavy for this the treatment will have to be carried out at a hospital, where the right equipment can be provided. The specialist chairs cost at least £7,500 and can’t hold anyone over the weight of twenty stone. A spokeswoman for the dental practice said ‘we have found that more and more patients are coming into the practice a bit larger so when the chair is moved back we cannot operate it properly.’ She added ‘Some people who visit us are unable to move themselves in and out of the chair so we want to make sure staff don’t injure themselves when they help lift them.’

The letters have been sent out since May after posters around the surgery went unnoticed and obese patients continued to arrive for appointments.

Movie start meets namesake at dental practice in US


Actor Gerard Butler was travelling from Louisiana to New York by motor cycle when he came face-to-face with his name sake at a dental practice in New Orleans; the movie star was taking some time out after completing filming on his latest project Olympus and decided to take the road trip with a friend when he spotted the dental surgery as the pair stopped to take a rest.

Butler and his friend Freddie where in North Carolina when they decided to take a break from the road; they stopped at a 7-eleven – a type of store in the US – and were surprised to see a familiar name on the awning of a nearby building. Butler explains ‘We stopped to get some refreshments and I looked across the road and I’m like ‘Do you see what I see?’ and there was a dentist called Jerry Butler’.

Despite having no dental problems currently, the 43-year-old thought it would be entertaining to speak to the dentist, ‘So me and Freddie go across the road and Freddie knocks on the door and says, ‘Hi, I have an appointment with Jerry Butler…’ and [his assistant] says, ‘Who should I say is calling?’ and I step forwards and say, ‘It’s Gerry Butler.’

The 300 star also joked that it was a moving experience, saying ‘I went in and met Jerry Butler, the dentist, which was actually a big honour for me.’

New practice to open in Norfolk


Norfolk surgery soon to open.

A new emergency dentistry practice is set to open in Norfolk, it has been revealed.

The Brundall Dental Practice is set to open its doors next month thanks to a £2.8 million investment in dental care services in the region that was made last year.

Mark Terberg, currently a dentist at Manor House dental surgery in Long Stratton, but soon to beceome one of three dental professionals working at the new practice, said the premises will offer top of the range services to patients.

He commented: “This really is going to be a fantastic place. There will be a full range of NHS treatments in brand new hi-tech surgeries.”

Elsewhere, the Westmoreland Gazette recently reported dental professionals in Cumbria have been chosen to take part in a new health initiative to provide preventative dentistry.

It will see dentists offering cutting-edge preventative treatment alongside their normal emergency dentistry offerings to patients and is to be rolled out over the coming months.

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