A WEST Yorkshire dentist used sterilised instruments to clean his ears and urinated in a surgical sink, a General Dental Council hearing has been told.
Alan Hutchinson, 51, of Batley, is accused of unhygienic practices including probing his ears and cleaning his fingernails with sterilised tools, refusing to routinely wear gloves and urinating in the sink at his surgery.
At the hearing in central London, the married father-of-three pleaded not guilty to all the charges except that of not routinely wearing gloves.
His apparent lack of basic hygiene while carrying out treatments was revealed after a complaint was made by a patient last year.
The unnamed woman, whose family also used the surgery, told North Kirklees Primary Care Trust Mr Hutchinson had refused to wear gloves while removing her wisdom tooth.
The patient, who had used Mr Hutchinson as her dentist for 16 years up to that point, also alleges he did not wash his hands unless specifically requested to do so and says when she complained to him about his hygiene standards he behaved in a "flippant manner".
When staff and other patients were routinely interviewed as part of the investigation into the woman's claims further allegations were made.
They include that made by a dental nurse who said Mr Hutchinson urinated in the sink of his surgery.
The first witness at Monday's hearing, Geraldine Walker, a receptionist at the practice since 2003, claimed the nurse told her about Mr Hutchinson's behaviour on March 9 last year.
In a written statement to the hearing Mrs Walker said: "She came down the stairs and said to me `Dirty b******, he has peed in the sink. I can smell it."'
Mr Hutchinson, of Batley, who was suspended from practising when the full extent of the allegations came to light last October, could be removed from the dental register if he is found to be unfit to practice under new guidelines.
The hearing continues.