Things are always changing in the world of Dentistry as they do also in the world of St Paul’s Dental Practice. So as we embark on a new year, now seems a very good time to let you know what we are expecting in 2017.
We remain determinedly committed to providing a good NHS service, fulfilling our contract with Devon NHS Commissioning board and providing NHS dentistry to 6,300+ local residents.
The NHS contract has remained unchanged over the past 8 years although there has been much change in the health regulations, determining how we provide dentistry.
An example of this is Health Technical Memorandum 01-05, introduced by the Department of Health in 2013, which sets out best practice for decontamination in primary care dental practices. We strive to achieve best practice in all areas of service provision but with greater regulation comes greater cost.
We built a state of the art decontamination room as recommended, invested in the required equipment and took on board the additional costs of service and validation contracts, single use instrumentation, packaging, staffing and consumables.
But our main reason for change was because we truly thought it would mean a better ‘in surgery’ experience for our patients.
Unfortunately we can’t weather all these additional expenses without generating greater income somewhere! We can’t take on any more NHS patients and exceed our contract quota, we wouldn’t get paid for it!
We can however take more patients on a private basis and we have competitive private fees and a very dedicated, talented Dentist to fulfil all your dental requirements from routine examinations to extensive mouth transforming treatments.
As Practice owner, Nick would like to increase his private patient list but can only achieve this through sharing more of his NHS caseload amongst our Associate Dentists.
Over the next few months, you may be asked if you would be prepared to see either Neil Black or Rachel Cruickshank in future. Both our Associate Dentists have been with us for many years and are dedicated to St Paul’s Dental Practice’s quality standards and protocols.
So whoever you see will provide you with the usual good dentistry you are used to receiving here and we appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
More of other upcoming news in the next blog.