Harley Street dentist 'didn't plan to have sex with patient at hotel'
Harley Street dentist says he didn’t plan to have sex with patient at Savoy Hotel hours after treating her and only had condom to carry water in emergencies
- Dr Sahil Patel, 28, is an associate dentist at Harley Street Smile Clinic in London
- He took Patient A to dinner at Savoy after completing her veneer treatment
- Hearing told the pair then went to patient’s hotel room across street and had sex
- Patel said condom was in his bag ‘for several years’ after he did a survival course
- He may face a ban by General Dental Council if his ‘fitness to practise is impaired by misconduct’
A Harley Street dentist to the stars who slept with a patient after wining and dining her at the Savoy said he only had a condom with him to carry water in an emergency.
Dr Sahil Patel, 28, said he had the contraceptive in his bag ‘for several years’ after attending a survival course.
The dentist twice met up with the woman at a pub in north London 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 Sahil Patel (pictured), a Harley Street dentist to the stars who slept with a patient after wining and dining her at the Savoy, said he only had a condom with him to carry water in an emergency. Dr Patel, 28, said he had the contraceptive in his bag ‘for several years’ after attending a survival course, the General Dental Council heard today
The dentist twice met up with the woman at a pub in north London after providing her with his mobile 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 Dr Patel said he could not get home ‘as there are no underground trains,’ the tribunal heard
Dr Patel then went to the patient’s hotel room across the street and had sex with her, the tribunal heard.
The dentist is said to have referred to the woman 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.
The 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.
Giving evidence, Dr Patel admitted if the condom ‘was present without context then, yes it would show pre-planning’.
But he maintained he kept it ‘in a field craft kit which has been in my bag for several years, incidentally, since attending a training course. It’s used for water retention’.
He claimed ‘Patient A’ asked him to have sex a second time at the hotel.
In his witness statement, he said he turned her down because he was tired, and added today, ‘We couldn’t anyway, due to a lack of contraception’.
Dr Patel is said to have passed her his mobile number on September 27 last year and gone for a drink with her at the White Horse Pub in Parsons Green, south-west London.
Giving evidence, Dr Patel admitted if the condom ‘was present without context then, yes it would show pre-planning’. But he maintained he kept it ‘in a field craft kit which has been in my bag for several years, incidentally, since attending a training course. It’s used for water retention’. Pictured: The General Dental Council building
He then met her again on October 3 at the same pub, kissed her and the Savoy date was arranged, it is claimed.
But Dr Patel claims the kiss was on the cheek and not on the lips.
Dr Patel claimed he had not planned to have sex and insisted he was about to head home before she asked him to stay at her hotel.
He told the panel after the Savoy date his ‘intention was to take the Tube home from Charing Cross Tube station.
‘I was invited by the patient to her hotel room which I accepted, which I appreciate now was wholly the wrong thing to do.
‘I’m not shying away from the fact that what I’ve done is wrong and it was unfair on the patient. I am sympathetic for the patient and I’m sorry everyone has to be here to analyse this case.
‘What happened was wrong and shouldn’t have happened, it was my mistake.’
Sam Thomas, for the dental council, asked: ‘You didn’t go prepared to have sex but it just so happened you had the kit with you?’
‘That’s correct,’ replied Dr Patel.
Dr Patel denied she was his patient, claiming she asked to be discharged before their date.
Mr Thomas pointed out no note was made of this request until the Monday after they had sex.
‘It slipped my mind as it’s not a common thing to be asked – to be discharged,’ said Dr Patel.
Mr Thomas replied: ‘Wouldn’t the fact it was uncommon mean it was more likely for you to have written it down because it’s more remarkable?
‘It’s the common mundane things that slip by, isn’t it? This note, after you had sex with Patient A, is very useful for you, isn’t it?
‘Your counsel will use as mitigation she was a former patient.’
Dr Patel denied this and said: ‘The mistakes I made stand whether for current or former patients.’
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 practise 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 denied calling the woman a ‘Jewish Princess’ but admitted using the phrase, claiming he was ‘not aware of it being a racial slur or seen it as causing offence’.
‘I mentioned the term in describing an anecdote from my school days, it was not directed at the patient.
‘She asked about my schooling. I mentioned I went to a school which was predominantly Asian and Jewish.
‘I described a couple of friends who were Jewish who referred to themselves as Jewish Princesses. The reason it was funny at the time is because it was an all boys’ school.’
When asked if he had a sexual desire for the patient, he replied ‘yes but no intentions to act upon it’.
The hearing continues on Friday.
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