Appointment Management and Cancellation Policy
It is the aim of this practice to provide quality dental care to our patients on schedule and to use clinical time effectively. To achieve this aim, we have an appointment management and cancellation policy.
Management of appointments
We endeavour to implement systems to allow our patients to make or reschedule appointments easily. Our appointment system supports timely access to care and treatment and allows patients to access services with minimal waiting time. Appointments can be made or rescheduled by calling our appointments line on 01753 536601.
Reminder telephone calls are made 48 hours before appointments. Patients are requested to inform the practice of any changes to their contact details. Emails or texts are presently only sent at the patient's request and patients must provide the practice with signed consent by completing the Communication Consent. This is integrated with our medical history form and is signed at each examination.
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:
- The patient will be contacted as soon as the practice is aware of the need to cancel or delay the appointment. We will explain the reason for the cancellation or delay
- At the time of contact, the patient will be offered a new appointment at the earliest time available
- If the patient is unable to commit to a new appointment during that contact, we will ask them to get in touch at a later time when we will offer them a priority appointment
Cancellation of an appointment or missed appointment by a patient
Patients are requested to give at least 48 hours' notice to cancel a dental appointment. Cancellations should be made by telephone on: 01753 536601. 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 make a charge for NHS patients for late cancellations or missed appointments. 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 to be 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 48 hours' notice. The fee is based on the length of the appointment. Patients are made aware of this and it is also written down on our appointment cards given to patients.
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, Sunita Mehta.