Dentists in Derby, Derbyshire 44 Main Street, Etwall, Derby, Derbyshire DE65 6LP

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Terms and conditions of service

Terms of Service

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.

Treatment Planning

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.

Consent

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.

Fees

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.

Emergency Appointment

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 or Failure To Attend

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.

Being Late For Appointments

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.

Guarantee

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:

  • The patient has fully paid for the treatment and does not owe the practice any money for the treatment received
  • The Veneers, Crowns & Implant crowns have not been damaged as a result of an accident, trauma, or excessive grinding
  • The patient has followed all post treatment maintenance recommendations made by our dentists.
  • No treatment is guaranteed for more than 1 year
  • Some treatments may have a guarantee of less than 1 year in this instance the treating clinician will inform you

Personal Details

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.

Data Protection Act

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.

Use of Images and X-rays

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.

Contact

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.

Complaints

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 info@etwalldentalpractice.co.uk 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.

No tolerance/Abuse policy

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.

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COVID-19 update

Following the governments most recent announcement on Saturday 31st October 2020 of second national lockdown, we would like to reassure all of our patients that we shall continue to REMAIN OPEN and we endeavour to look after your oral health.

Since our initial opening on 8th June, following the first lockdown, we have implemented strict measures by enhancing our infection control standards to ensure we can continue to practice in a COVID SECURE way for our staff and patients. We now know a lot more about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we shall ensure this is revised when any new information is presented so that we can continue to work safely and protect our NHS where possible. As we are a medical facility, all staff will continue to wear PPE and we encourage all patients to adhere to the measures in place on visiting the practice.

We have made it our upmost priority to keep all of our patients and staff safe throughout these challenging times. If you are required to self-isolate or have any Coronavirus symptoms please follow the government guidelines and we would be happy to rearrange your appointment to a suitable alternative.

Can we remind all patients that face masks are mandatory on entering Etwall Dental Practice and your temperature shall be measured by a member of staff at the door.

We hope you and your families stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Etwall Dental Team