Dentist had sex with patient hours after treating her, hearing told

Harley Street dentist called patient a ‘Jewish Princess’ then had sex with her in Savoy Hotel hours after treating her, hearing is told

  • Dr Sahil Patel is an associate dentist at the Harley Street Smile Clinic in London
  • He took patient to dinner at Savoy after completing her veneer treatment
  • Hearing told the pair then went to hotel and had sex hours after the treatment
  • Patel could face a ban by General Dental Council if his ‘fitness to practise was impaired by misconduct’

A Harley Street dentist to the stars wined and dined a patient at the Savoy then had sex with her in her hotel room hours after treating her, a hearing was told.

Dr Sahil Patel twice met up with the woman at a pub after providing her with his mobile phone number.

He then took the patient out to dinner at the Savoy on November 1 last year after completing her veneer treatment.

They carried on drinking until after midnight, when the dentist said he could not get home ‘as there are no underground trains,’ the General Dental Council heard.

Dr Patel then went to the patient’s hotel room across the street and had sex with her, the tribunal heard.

Harley Street dentist Dr Sahil Patel wined and dined a patient at the Savoy then had sex with her in her hotel room hours after treating her, a hearing was told

The dentist is said to have referred to the woman as a ‘Jewish princess’ but he denies using the phrase.

The disciplinary hearing is being held in Marylebone, central London, near The Harley Street Smile Clinic, where Dr Patel is an associate dentist.

Dr Patel emailed ‘patient A’ his mobile number on 27 September last year and they went for a drink at the White Horse Pub in Parsons Green, north London.

He then met her again on 3 October at the same pub, kissed her and the Savoy date was arranged, it is claimed.

Sam Thomas, for the GDC, said: ‘On 1 November 2019, Mr Patel the registrant dentist had sex with patient A.

Dr Patel twice met up with the woman at a pub after providing her with his mobile phone number, the second time taking the patient out to dinner at the Savoy on November 1 last year after completing her veneer treatment (stock photo)

‘She had travelled from the south coast where she lived to London to make an appointment with the registrant on 1 November.

‘This was the third of three appointments in order to have veneers placed on her teeth.

‘The appointment on 1 November finished at approximately 3pm and at 7.15pm on that same day the registrant and patient A met at the Savoy Hotel.

‘They are at the restaurant and they moved to an adjacent bar where they drank until after midnight.

‘They pair then went across the road to a hotel opposite the Savoy and had sexual intercourse.’

They carried on drinking until after midnight, when the dentist said he could not get home ‘as there are no underground trains,’ the General Dental Council heard. Dr Patel then went to the patient’s hotel room across the street and had sex with her

Mr Thomas told the misconduct panel the dentist’s lawyer has raised the issue as to whether patient A was a current patient of Dr Patel.

‘The council say that patient A was due to be seen in 12 months time following the third of the three appointments.

‘So we accept that on 1 November 2019 the treatment had finished but there was due to be a review in November 2020.

‘Further the council say that there was a five-year guarantee with regard to that treatment.

‘Consequently the council say that she was a current patient. The other issue then for you to consider is at what point the registrant Mr Patel’s actions became sexually motivated.’

Mr Thomas said the woman first attended the practice on 20 August 2019 after a previous online consultation.

‘It was the first day that she attended Mr Patel and it was her first treatment session.

‘Two days later, Mr Patel emailed the patient from his personal email address.

‘The next appointment was on 18 September 2019. Following this there was an exchange of communication, an exchange of emails.

Dr Patel accepts as fact he slept with the woman but denies she was a patient at the time. He also denies telling her he could not get home because there were no trains and calling her a ‘Jewish Princess’. Pictured: The General Dental Council building

‘On 27 September 2019 the registrant provided patient A with his mobile telephone number.

‘The issue with you becomes when he provided that personal telephone number to patient A was that sexually motivated and in due course.’

Dr Patel has admitted kissing the woman at the pub but says it was on the cheek and not on the lips.

The Harley Street Smile Clinic lists former Everton and Scotland striker Andy Gray among its clients as well as TOWIE stars including Lauren Pope, James Lock, Frankie Essex and Kirk Norcross.

The charge sheet alleges his actions were ‘sexually motivated’ and Patel could face a ban if the panel finds his ‘fitness to practise is impaired by reason of misconduct’.

Dr Patel graduated from the University of Bristol, achieving merits in Restorative dentistry, Orthodontics, and Paediatrics.

He worked in Cornwall for a year before moving to the Harley Street practice in September 2016.

According to the Harley Street Smile Clinic’s website he ‘established himself as a leader in cosmetic dentistry, and his wealth of experience has included creating the smiles of several reality TV personalities, Members of Parliament, professional athletes, and social media influencers.’

The post continues: ‘Aside from dentistry, Sahil serves in the Royal Navy Reserves, and he has appreciated an introduction into scuba diving, skydiving, cross-country skiing, and triathlon.

‘He has also committed himself to Performing Arts since the age of 10, leading to choreographing and performing for various organisations, including the BBC Proms. Today, he continues to practice several dance styles and train for selected triathlon events.’

Dr Patel accepts as fact he slept with the woman but denies she was a patient at the time.

He also denies telling her he could not get home because there were no trains and calling her a ‘Jewish Princess’.

The hearing continues with some of the complainant’s evidence being heard in private.

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