As General Practitioners, we are occasionally asked for help for dental conditions; however , we do not have skills for the management of dental conditions and are obliged to adhere to the BMA and LMC advice below:
"GPs should not attempt to manage a condition requiring dental skills unless they have the appropriate training and expertise. Both the civil courts and the GMC require doctors to have appropriate skills for any treatment they offer.
Even in cases where the patient is not registered with a dentist, and the GP is unable to contact a local emergency dental service, the treatment of dental problems is not the responsibility of GPs. In such circumstances, the patient should be advised to contact local urgent or emergency dental services, or in severe circumstances the nearest accident and emergency department"
If a patient asks a GP to supply an NHS prescription the GP must refuse unless they are sure they are able to accept sole responsibility for that prescribing decision. If a legitimate need for an NHS prescription cannot be established, under paragraph 39(1) of contractual terms , it should not be provided.”
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