The practice uses a medical history sheet which includes lifestyle questions (to help identify patients in an oral cancer risk group) and questions to identify patients for whom special infection control precautions are needed (against transmissible spongiform encephalopathies)

New patients complete a medical history sheet. Patients check medical information on file at each routine examination. The practice carries out regular checks of medical history-taking

The medical history sheet complies with periodic recommendations from the British Dental Association

The practice is in contact with local medical practices so that further checks on patients’ medical status can be quickly made, if necessary

The practice keeps drugs for use with common medical emergencies in dentistry as recommended periodically by the PCT

The practice keeps essential equipment for resuscitation and all staff undergo annual training in CPR

Antibiotic prophylaxis follows guidelines from the faculty of General Dental Practitioners (uk) published  April 2000, unless a patients specialist gives specific alternative instructions