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Dentist surgery accused of ‘fat shaming’ after banning obese patients over fears chairs won’t cope

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  • June 11, 2022June 11, 2022

A dental surgical procedure has banned overweight sufferers weighing greater than 20 stone over fears their chairs can not address their weight. 

Livid clients accused Hove Household Dental in, Hove, East Sussex, of fat-shaming after it knowledgeable sufferers it will not be treating anybody over 127kg, or simply below 20 stones. 

In a warning e mail to clients, bosses stated they’d not see individuals who have been too heavy for his or her chairs over worries they could ‘exceed equipment capabilities’. 

The chairs, every costing about £20,000, have already damaged twice below the load of its heaviest clients. 

The e-mail learn: ‘This is a polite message to all our patients from the Hove family dental practice. 

‘Due to health and safety regulations, we will unfortunately not be able to treat patients that exceed the safety weight limit restrictions for our dental chairs of 127kg [20 stones]. 

Practice manager Tracey Stephens, 55, said the chairs, each costing about £20,000, have already broken twice under the weight of its heaviest customers (Pictured: Stock photo of a dentist’s chair)

‘We appreciate and understand that this is a sensitive issue and want to address this with our patients in a delicate manner, but we do have a duty of care to all our patients and a legal obligation under the health and safety at work act 1974 to operate in a safe environment and not exceed equipment capabilities. 

‘If you feel this restriction may apply to you, please call [redacted] before your next appointment. 

‘We will discuss with you your referral options for your future care in full confidentiality. We will endeavour to ensure that your care continues uninterrupted.’ 

The personal surgical procedure was beforehand compelled to shut whereas technicians changed a component that twice broke below heavy strain. 

On some events, employees have even been compelled to step in and assist obese clients out and in of the chair. 

Apply supervisor Tracey Stephens, 55, stated a increase in overweight sufferers has compelled the surgical procedure to behave. 

Furious customers accused Hove Family Dental in, Hove, East Sussex, of fat-shaming after it informed patients it would not be treating anyone over 127kg, or just under 20 stones

Livid clients accused Hove Household Dental in, Hove, East Sussex, of fat-shaming after it knowledgeable sufferers it will not be treating anybody over 127kg, or simply below 20 stones

She informed the Mail: ‘It is getting to that stage where we are seeing more and more overweight patients and we’ve had the chair break twice. 

‘We’re getting events the place employees are having to assist sufferers out and in of the chair which is a well being and security difficulty as effectively. 

‘We don’t need to discriminate towards anyone and we all know it’s actually troublesome and delicate. 

‘Chairs can be up to £20,000, they are really quite expensive bits of equipment. There is a part every time the technician has come in that has been a few hundred pounds. We’ve needed to shut the surgical procedure as effectively in that point. 

‘There is a maximum weight limit of 20 stone and we have never refused anybody at all.’ 

As strain on the well being service continues to develop, one livid buyer stated the transfer ‘body shames’ obese individuals who wrestle to maintain their weight down.

‘This is fattest to people who can’t hold their weight down. I’m shocked, I couldn’t imagine the e-mail after I received it. 

‘It is an absolute disgrace. It body shames people who may have underlying health conditions. 

‘With pressures already on the health service and difficulties in funding a dentist, this only makes the problem worse. 

‘I would expect better from those providing care at a price.’ 

The Well being Survey for England 2019 estimates that 28 per cent of adults in England are overweight and an additional 36.2 per cent are obese. 

Below the Equality Act 2010, service suppliers are anticipated to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to make sure that folks with disabilities aren’t deprived. 

Based on Dental Defence Union steering, dentists who imagine a affected person can’t be handled safely within the follow will nonetheless want to verify the affected person has entry to ‘a reasonable alternative’ for his or her dental care. 


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