B&B owner, 69, 'who ran an illegal dentist from her guesthouse carried out surgery from her filthy sink, wrapped dentures in tea towels and kept equipment in old ICE CREAM tubs'

  • Lynda Collins, 69,?found guilty of practicing illegal dentistry at Blackpool B&B
  • Patient describes filthy conditions when she needed emergency dentures
  • Melanie Taylor said she feared for her health during her horror experience
  • She said: 'There was nothing sterile. I was frightened to death - traumatised - as I feared I would get an infection it was so dirty'

Lynda Collins, 69, (pictured) encouraged people to visit her Blackpool B&B for dentures and has been found guilty of practicing illegal dentistry

Lynda Collins, 69, (pictured) encouraged people to visit her Blackpool B&B for dentures and has been found guilty of practicing illegal dentistry

A B&B owner ran an illegal dental practice from her guesthouse in filthy conditions that left patients 'frightened to death', a court has heard.?

Lynda Collins, 69, allegedly transported dentures in tea towels, washed in a paint-splattered sink and kept equipment in an ice cream container.?

Collins, who said she had no formal qualifications but was 'trained in life', had called the investigation into her B&B practice 'mind boggling' and claimed it was just for friends.

But she encouraged people to visit her Blackpool business for cheap dental work using internet adverts and a sign in her window.

She denied practicing illegal dentistry at Blackpool Magistrates' Court but was found guilty.

Unhappy customer Melanie Taylor?described needing her dentures fixed urgently but was left in pain and fearing for her health because of the filthy conditions in the B&B.

Mrs Taylor said her own dental practice was fully booked and told her to use Google to find a technician who could assist her because she was due to give a speech that day.

In a statement to Dental Council investigators Mrs Taylor said at one stage she thought she had been locked into the hotel but found her way out.

She added:?'She had brought the denture to me in a tea towel. She took me into a room with a kitchen sink. The sink was spattered with paint. It was a small dirty room with shelves.

'There was nothing sterile. I was frightened to death - traumatised as I feared I would get an infection it was so dirty.

'She had taken her equipment out of what appeared to be an old ice cream container. It thought this could not be happening to me.'

Unhappy customer Melanie Taylor described needing her dentures fixed urgently but was left in pain and fearing for her health because of the filthy conditions in the B&B (pictured)

Unhappy customer Melanie Taylor described needing her dentures fixed urgently but was left in pain and fearing for her health because of the filthy conditions in the B&B (pictured)

When she arrived she said she was told to wait in the lounge whilst an attempt to mend the denture was carried out.

Mrs Collins then tried to push the denture into place but it would not fit and this caused Mrs Taylor some pain.

She said: 'I could see they were not in line- not smooth. She [Collins] said I would need to have a new plate.

'She mixed some powder with water in a cup and then pushed something like a gumshield into my mouth to take an impression with pink gel holding it in place in Mrs Taylor's mouth.

'It was traumatic she pushed it in. I thought this cannot be happening to me and I wanted out of the place. I paid her £20.'?

The magistrates were told how Mrs Taylor later complained to the General Dental Council about her experience.

Lynda Collins, 69, encouraged people to visit her Blackpool business for cheap dental work using internet adverts and a sign in her window (pictured)

Lynda Collins, 69, encouraged people to visit her Blackpool business for cheap dental work using internet adverts and a sign in her window (pictured)

She took picture of the so-called laboratory and looked up Collins on the Internet and screen shot the advert.??

Lynda Collins of Gynway Guesthouse in Dickson Road, Blackpool, was found guilty of practicing illegal dentistry.

The seaside guest house was also the premises known as Central Dental Laboratory which Collins advertised on the internet and in her front window.

Blackpool Magistrates were told by General Dental Council prosecutor Jenny Stewart: 'Lynda Collins is not registered with the council not ever has been as a dental care professional.'?

An investigation was launched and the council said that Collins was not registered with them and could not carry out out any hand to mouth treatment including impressions.

The court heard how the Dental Council had written to Collins previous to the incident telling him stop doing hand to mouth dental work.

But Collins told the court:' I have no recollection of this woman coming to see me. Yes I have had a little lab in the guesthouse and help out friends and people recommended to me. When the authorities said they wanted to question me it was mind boggling.'

She denied having the equipment to carry out what the victim had said and said she had thrown her dental equipment on the tip some time before.

She said she had no recent qualifications but had 'trained in life.'

She admitted not keeping patient records or a diary of appointments and said she could not have locked Mrs Taylor into the hotel as he doors could open from the inside.

Collins, who receives Pension Credit, was fined £180 and ordered to pay £590 costs at Blackpool Magistrates' Court.

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