Dentists in Derby, Derbyshire 44 Main Street, Etwall, Derby, Derbyshire DE65 6LP
We always endeavour to provide the highest quality service that we can. This section provides further details to our terms and conditions of service. If you have any queries regarding any of our terms, please contact us.
Please be aware that any information provided through any part of our website is provided for interest purposes only and does not constitute personal professional advice. No professional advice can be provided without a clinical consultation with a dentist. For professional dental advice we strongly recommend that you see a dentist for consultation.
Once your treatment plan has been agreed with the dentist, we will provide printed details of your plan which we ask that you read through and sign that you have been clearly explained to regarding treatment options. If this plan changes due to radiographic or clinical findings, we will inform you and discuss this with you. Treatment plans are valid for next 30 days from the date the treatment was prescribed. If there are any points on your treatment plan that you wish to query this should be done before any appointments for treatment are scheduled.
Certain dental treatments require completion of a written consent form. We work to strict governing guidelines in order to ensure that the patient and/or legal guardian is fully aware of the treatment, aftercare and any risk before treatment is carried out.
We require pre-payment and deposits to secure booking of specialist treatment appointments and hygiene and therapy appointments.
Where treatment incurs a laboratory fee, the full fee will be taken at the impression stage of the appointment. Fees for certain treatments like Dental Implants and Invisalign® are broken down and taken on a pay as you go basis at each visit. We will discuss and plan a schedule of payment for you.
Patients registered to us with our dental plan must see their terms and conditions for treatments under contract. As an Etwall Dental Care Plan patient unless stated in your contract, all your dental treatment at the practice is covered. If your treatment involves laboratory work, the treatment by your dentist is covered but the making of your custom-made appliance is not, therefore costings will occur starting from £100.00 which needs to be settled on the first appointment. All corporate and external insurance holders must pay for their treatment at the time of treatment, then claim for reimbursement from their provider, please see our section on Insurance for further details.
In cases where treatment is paid for by finance through a finance company, the finance agreement must be accepted and signed prior to the start of that treatment. Finance is only available on treatments over £500 (not including teeth whitening or emergency treatment) and that a minimum deposit may also be required. If you have financed any of the costs of your treatment through the finance company and later wish to cancel your treatment after signing the agreement forms, a cancellation fee of up to 15% of the total finance amount will be applicable.
Etwall Dental Practice does not accept any payments by cheque.
Fees for treatment where intravenous sedation is applicable should be settled prior to appointment to avoid financial transactions and signatures while the client is still under the influence of the sedative. Etwall Dental Practice reserve the right to charge time-based deposits for booking future appointments. Deposits are transferable towards cost of treatment.
Etwall Dental Practice reserve the right to make a charge for any debt passed to a debt collection agency.
We request that, if you should need to see a dentist urgently, you contact the practice as early as possible to guarantee an appointment on the same day. Our phones are answered from 8.30 am. We will respond to a message left on our answerphone as soon as possible; please ensure contact details are clear.
Late cancellations and failure to attend appointments have a negative impact to our service and regular patients. For a deposit to be refunded you must contact Etwall Dental Practice at least 24 hours’ notice of cancellation. Cancellations made within this time frame, or failures to attend, are not subject to refund.
Sometimes being late for appointments is unavoidable. Please let us know if you are going to be late but please also be aware that if you are going to be more than 10 minutes late you may be asked to reschedule your appointment. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late without our prior agreement, we may consider that you have failed to attend, in which case you will not be eligible for a refund.
At Etwall Dental Practice, Ceramic Veneers, Ceramic crowns, Implant crowns and permanent fillings are guaranteed for a period of twelve months following placement, provided that the following conditions are met:
It is important that you provide a full medical history and details of any medications that you take. It is also a requirement that we have your correct contact details on file. Should these change it is very important for you to tell your dentist. Whilst we try to keep all information updated on each routine visit, it is the patient’s responsibility to inform the clinic of any changes in either personal details and/or their medical history. All records are kept in accordance with strict GDPR guidelines.
All patient details are stored on a secure computer system in accordance with the Data Protection Act. All clinical notes, digital radiographs, digital photographs, etc. remain the property of Etwall Dental Practice. Copies of notes, radiographs and photographs can be made available on written request. All staff undergo Data Protection training and understand the importance of information handling.
Etwall Dental Practice may use images and x-rays of your smile and teeth only (for marketing and educational purposes) for our website, promotional and educational literature. Your name will never be published, and your identity will never be disclosed. We ensure we receive permission prior to using any images, however if you do not wish for us to use your images and x-rays in this way please inform us.
We like to use all tools available to provide you with a convenient reminder of impending appointments or routine check-up appointment reminders, via email or SMS. If you would prefer that we did not contact, you please ensure you inform reception during your next visit to opt out. We do not use your details for anything else and will not pass on your information to third parties.
We always take any complaint about any aspects of our services very seriously and work under the strict guidelines set out according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to ensure transparency with our communication on pricing, treatment planning and patient care.
In the rare event something should go wrong, complaints can be made in writing via post or email. Complaints should be made for the attention of the Patient Care Department if by post and if emailed sent to firstname.lastname@example.org addressed to the Practice Manager.
Any complaint will receive an email acknowledgement as soon as possible and the management will strive to resolve the complaint within a quick, reasonable period of time (usually no longer than two weeks). For our full complaints procedure and policy please ask a member of our reception team. If a complaint is about any aspect of clinical care or associated charges it will normally be acknowledged by the management team and then referred to the treating dentist. Please note that in these cases Etwall Dental Practice accepts no liability on behalf of the treating clinician and will act as a liaison between the patient and the treating dentist only.
If you are dissatisfied with the way that we handle your complaint internally you can forward your complaint to the Dental Complaints Service (www.dentalcomplaints.org.uk). If still unsatisfied, you may wish to forward your complaint to the General Dental Council.
At Etwall Dental Practice we operate a zero-tolerance policy to abuse to our Dentists and staff, loud/disorderly/drunken behaviour, persistent missing and late cancellation of appointments (after multiple warnings). In these situations, Etwall Dental Practice reserves the right to refuse treatment and admission.
Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.
Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.
From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.
Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.
We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.
This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.
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