NHS Patients

The NHS Services available at this Practice are:

General Dental Treatment:

Includes all necessary dental treatment which a dentist usually undertakes and which the patient has agreed to undergo. Access and funding is
subject to the Department of Health current regulations and the availability
within the practice of treatment slots

Domiciliary Service:

Dental Care carried out where a patient is resident, if they are housebound or have a disability that prevents them from visiting the practice. This dental care may be limited. A Domiciliary Service may be offered at the dentist’s discretion.

Orthodontics:

We are no longer able to offer any NHS Orthodontic treatment at this practice.  If your child is eligible for NHS orthodontics (there are strict NHS eligibility criteria depending on the severity of the problem) we can refer to local orthodontic practices. This is usually then subject to a waiting time for treatment. However, we can refer you Privately to a local Orthodontic Practice.

If you are an NHS Patient please read NHS Exemptions and Charges

Some NHS patients are entitled to either full or partial exemption from charges. If you think you may qualify, please ask.

If you are in one of the following categories you may qualify for full or part exemption from NHS charges:

  • Under 18
  • Aged 18 and in full-time education
  • Expectant mother
  • Mother with a child under one year of age
  • In receipt of Income Support
  • Income-related Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit and for the last assessment period there were no earnings or earnings within the allowed limit
  • You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax-credit exemption certificate
  • You are named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate.
  • Currently in prison or a young offender’s institution.If in doubt, please ask.

Please bring proof of entitlement to your appointments. If no proof is shown your eligibility will be checked.

Patient’s found to have incorrectly claimed help with the cost of NHS dental treatment may receive a penalty charge.

If you are not exempt from charges, you should pay one of the following charges for each course of treatment you receive:

  • Band 1 = £21.60
  • Band 2 = £59.10
  • Band 3 = £256.50

Under NHS regulations a patient can be asked to pay charges at commencement of treatment. Please be prepared to do this, or when asked to do so by the receptionist.

If you think you qualify for full/partial exemption of NHS charges and you don’t fall into one of the exemptions above, you can ask at reception for a HC1 form.

How to claim for a refund of NHS dental charges, ask at reception for a HC5(D) form. This form can also be obtained from the Post office, Opticians, Pharmacists and Job Centre Plus office, and also can be found at www.dh.gov.uk/helpwithhealthcosts. Please be aware there is a time limit for claiming. For more refund information details can be found in leaflet HC11 “help with health costs” and can also be found at above mentioned places.

Please be advised that we can no longer accept cheques in payment. All major credit/debit cards are accepted.