We offer all NHS services that are deemed clinically necessary. We will also discuss any private options available, and associated costs. Please do not feel obliged to take up any private treatment, this is your choice and we will only mention it so you are aware of all your options. We require a deposit for any private treatment and there will be a fee for any late cancellations or missed private appointments.
There will be no fines for missed appointments under the NHS however appointments must be cancelled with at least 24 hours’ notice. NHS resources are precious and we are keen not to waste them. Appointments can be made or cancelled by calling the surgery on 01227 371 937. Late cancellations and missed appointments represent a cost to the practice, when other patients could have been seen in the time set aside for the patient.
If two NHS dental appointments are missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice, we do not guarantee being able to complete a patient’s NHS treatment or offer them NHS treatment in the future. This may mean that you will have to find an alternative NHS dentist for future treatment and check-ups, or continue with us on a private basis.
To continue to be an NHS patient you MUST make sure that you keep up regular check-up appointments. Failure to keep up with these appointments could lose you your NHS Dental place.
It is the responsibility of the patient to book their appointments, which should be booked in every 6-12 months for adults and 3-6 months for children (depending on advice from the dentist). Should you not attend the practice in an 18-month period then the practice policy is that you are no longer an NHS patient and the practice may only see you on a private basis.
All treatment must be paid for from your first visit. If you are exempt from NHS charges, proof of your benefit must be seen prior to treatment.
Private appointments will require a minimum of 50% fee deposit in order to book; some appointments have a predetermined deposit to book. Any Private appointment not attended or cancelled at short notice without extenuating circumstances is subject to loss of deposit. In the event that this happens on multiple occasions, the practice may no longer be able to accommodate appointments.