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 Appointments
We invest in the latest technology, including modern telephone equipment and in the near future an online booking system, 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 minimises the length of time people have to wait. Appointments can be made or rescheduled by calling our dedicated appointments line on 01206 213746.
E-mail reminders and text messages are sent to patients three 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 48 hour’s notice to cancel a dental appointment. Cancellations should be made by telephone on: 01206 213746. 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. Patients that have a hygienist appointment and they cancel without giving us 48 hours notice will automatically forgo their practice plan hygienist appointment. If the patient is not on our Evergreen Dentistry plan they will be charged half of their hygienist fee of £27.50.
There is also a fee for Private dental appointments that are missed or cancelled with less than 48 hours notice. The fee is between £45.00-60.00 per appointment based on length of the appointment.
We also now have a SNC (Short Notice Cancellation List)Patients can be added onto this list if we would like patients to have access to our other gaps that may suit them.The patients will automatically be sent a text message making them aware of any other spaces available.
England: 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 48 hour’s notice, we do not guarantee being able to complete a patient’s NHS treatment or offer them NHS treatment in the future.
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 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, Hannah Simmons by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or in writing to 294 London Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 8PB.
Last updated: 15th February 2020