Appointment Management and Cancellation Policy
We would like to make all patients aware of our appointment management and cancellation policy.
It is the aim of this practice to provide quality dental care to our patients and to use clinical time effectively. To achieve this aim, we have an appointment management and cancellation policy.
Management of appointment
We invest in the latest technology, including modern telephone equipment to allow our patients to make or reschedule appointments easily. Our appointment system supports timely access to care and treatment, allows patients to access services at a time that suits them and minimizes the length of time people have to wait. Appointments can be rescheduled by calling 01296 337373.
Text message reminders are sent to patients 2 days before any appointment and patients are requested to inform the practice of any changes to their contact details.
Cancellation or delay of an appointment by the practice
We will only cancel or delay a patient’s appointment in unavoidable circumstances. In such cases, we will take the following steps:
Cancellation of an appointment or missed appointment by a patient
Patients are requested to give at least 24 hours’ notice to cancel a dental appointment. Cancellations should be made by telephone on 01296 337373. Late cancellations and missed appointments may represent a cost to the practice, when other patients could have been seen in the time set aside for the patient.
We do not charge NHS patients for a late cancellation or missed appointment. However, we reserve the right to ask a patient to find another dental practice if they continue to miss appointments.
If more than 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.
There is a fee for private dental appointments that are missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice. The fee is based on the length of the appointment and can be found in the private fees list.
It is our aim to telephone or write to patients after a missed appointment to understand the reason for non-attendance and to inform them about any fee or decision about their NHS dental care. We understand that cancellations are sometimes sometime unavoidable due to illness or emergencies and we will take account of all valid circumstances.
Any appeals about missed or cancelled appointment decisions by a patient should be made in writing to the Practice Manager.