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Huge cost variations between private dental clinics


Private dentistry has found itself under the media spot light this week, as it has emerged that some surgeries and clinics and charging as much as five times more, in some cases even higher, than other clinics offering the same or similar services. A report by the Daily Mail has highlighted the issue in a bid to raise awareness.

The findings show that there are huge variations in treatment costs, dependent on where you go. A clinic on Harley Street, Central London, was amongst those named in the report, stating that they charge ninety-five pounds per check-up, compared to a clinic in South Harrow, West London, who charge twenty pounds. There were also obvious regional differences, with a clinic in Cobham, Surrey, charging five hundred and fifty pounds for teeth whitening, compared to a surgery in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, who charge seventy-five pounds.

Experts have said the issue is down to lack of regulations in place to monitor and control the amount that private clinics are charging patients. With each surgery being able to set their own prices, it makes it easy to charge extortionate amounts. Joyce Robbins from Patient Concern expressed her views on patients needing emergency treatment, “Patients are being ripped off. They really are at the mercy of these clinics. Patients won’t necessarily be able to pop down the street and find another – they won’t have the choice.”




Doctor removes patient’s teeth after she is admitted for leg surgery


Parents of a young hospital patient have made a complaint to the police after their daughter was admitted for leg surgery and came out of the operation with five of her teeth missing. Philip Morrison and Sonia McCrossan took their six-year-old daughter Sarah to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital to undergo treatment on her legs to make them stronger; she was scheduled for surgery to insert metal rods into them to combat a rare brittle bone disease that she developed in the womb.

As well as treating her legs, the surgeons decided to extract her baby teeth as they ‘posed a serious risk to Sarah’s airway’ and the Hospital maintains that her parents spoke to a clinician beforehand about this issue. Sarah’s parents, however, tell a different story and have informed the police about this incident; her father Philip described how his partner Sonia called in in ‘a very erratic state, crying and screaming’ after the surgery had been completed. He said ‘At that point I thought Sarah had died. I ran down to the recovery room where I first got a glimpse of Sarah with her mouth full of blood. The hospital is adamant that baby teeth were taken, but two of them were adult teeth; I know because I have the baby teeth at home.’

The family are now planning to move Sarah to another hospital, insisting that she won’t be attending any more appointments at the South Yorkshire facility, saying ‘Sarah has been going mad about the missing teeth. She keeps putting her tongue up there saying ‘they stole my teeth’.’

A spokesperson for the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said ‘The care given to this patient was done in her best interest. We understand her parents have raised this as an issue with the police and we will keep them updated as we would with any incident.’

Sheffield goes mad for Botox


According to news reports, the Botox boom is still going strong, with the number of people undergoing the anti-aging procedure increasing five-fold in the past ten years, and it seems Sheffield has well and truly jumped on the bandwagon.

More and more people in the South Yorkshire city are turning to the facial injections to fight wrinkles and get that celebrity look, some of them only in their mid-twenties. Cleaner at Sheffield University, Shelly Jackson, admitted that Botox was a vice of hers, saying ‘If I found myself without the money for Botox… I’d find it somehow, I just would, it’s a priority for me.’ Youngsters are following in their idols footsteps too, hairdresser Megan Knight, just twenty-six, says that she uses the treatment because she finds herself frowning in concentration when styling a customer’s hair, she also said that the idea of aging is terrifying to her; ‘I hate the idea of getting older and if Botox can slow down the process and stop lines forming, I’ll pay out.’

However, Cheryl Barton, practitioner at Sheffield clinic Aesthetikia, is of a different mind-set; she warns that as the popularity of Botox continues to rise, there will be a greater number of poor-quality products available. ‘There are 250 types of filler solution on the market,’ she says, ‘In my opinion we don’t know enough about some of them.’

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