North Street Dental Practice 2020
Statement of Purpose
In accordance with the Regulations of The Health and Social Care
Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014
For Registration of North Street Dental Practice
with the Care Quality Commission
North Street Dental Practice
72 North Street,
Date of issue:- 1st January 2020
Date for revision:- 1st January 2021
Version No:- 5
Aims and objectives
This dental practice is made up of dedicated and professional employees. Our aim is to provide quality dental health care at an affordable price in a safe environment for both patients and staff. We want patients to feel comfortable with all aspects of their dental treatment including:-
Talking about dental problems patients may have in a respectful and friendly way, ensuring their privacy while maintaining confidentiality at times.
Discussing with patients all the treatment options,
Involving patients in decision making where this is appropriate,
Making the chosen treatment as comfortable and as convenient as possible
We encourage patients to complain if they feel the treatment doesn’t meet their expectations. In such circumstances we will make every effort to learn from it and make any necessary improvements possible.
Finally we aim to treat all our patients with the degree of respect they deserve.
The objectives of the practice are to deliver a high standard of service in line with professional standards:-
To be accountable for individual and team performance
To support each other in achieving patients expectations
To maintain the highest professional and ethical standards
To rapidly respond to the needs of out team and our patients
To encourage innovation, ambition, enterprise and continuous improvement
To ensure our staff are well trained and competent through personal development
We want to provide our patients with a personal service, integrating the highest quality dental materials and laboratory work with the latest evidence based techniques and protocols.
The practice complies with the requirements of the Advertising Standards Authority and ensures that any advertising carried out reflects the true nature of the services offered.
The Regulated activities carried out at this practice include:-
-Treatment of disease, disorder or injury
-Diagnostic and screening procedures
This practice offers dental services to all its patients which consists of:-
-Preventitive advice and treatment
-Routine and restorative dental care
-Root Canal treatment
-Crown and bridgework
Name, address and contact details of the service provider
Dr Liam Fitzpatrick and Mrs Tracey Fitzpatrick, North Street Dental Practice.
65 Conduit Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1QL
Service Provider/ Clinical Director
Dr Liam Timothy Fitzpatrick
Mrs Tracey Jayne Fitzpatrick
Mrs Julie Gardner
Mrs Avani Patel (Associate Dentist)
Mrs Beverley Smith (Dental Nurse)
Ms Julie Harrigan (Dental Nurse)
Mrs Gemma Roland (Dental Hygienist)
Facilities within the Premises
Our Dental Practice is situated in a semi-detached building on Bourne High Street.
The street has free parking limited to 40 minute waiting. There is unrestricted parking on the adjoining road on St Gilberts Street.
We have a comfortable reception area with low seating with a smart flat screen television on the wall. The environment is relaxed with a selection of up to date magazines.
We welcome patients of all ages, including children, disabled and elderly patients. We have wheel chair and pushchair access at the back of the practice to a ground floor surgery should this be required. We also have ground floor toilet facilities.
We also have 2 first floor surgeries, one which is dedicated to hygiene treatment. All the surgeries having decontamination and sterilisation areas the upper dental surgery having a purpose built sterilisation room with vacuum autoclave.
The 2 dental surgeries have small digital x-ray machines.
We have a dedicated digital OPG room downstairs. Our digital radiography facility produces instant images with the lowest x-ray dosage to patients.
We will always try to see emergency patients the same day to help minimise any suffering from dental pain. We offer out of hours emergency treatment where this is
Making an appointment – All patients are seen on an appointment basis with the shortest possible wait.
Cancellation Policy – We request patients give us 48 hours’ notice of a cancellation otherwise a charge may be made depending on the circumstances.
Methods of payment- We accept cash, credit or debit cards, Our business bank no longer accept cheques.
Mobile phones – We request patients do not use mobile phones on the surgery premises.
Consultations – All consultations with patients are carried out by qualified personnel
in the privacy of the surgery/treatment room. We aim to paper-free practice now so records of all consultations are saved on computer files.
Patients are requested to keep their medical histories up-dated where necessary at each visit, otherwise this is done at their regular 6 monthly recall appointments.
Patient Information Leaflets. We try to ensure that all information provided to patient/clients and prospective patients is accurate and that any claims made in respect of services are justified.
Treatment of Children – We have a practice policy that all children under the age of 16 be accompanied by a parent / grandparent or guardian.
Consent - The practice operates a consent policy which is issued/advised at the first consultation for the patient to read/and understand prior to proceeding with any treatment.
We believe patients have the right to make their own decisions regarding dental treatment and care. Patients are required to sign their treatment plans as confirmation of their consent.
We believe consent to treatment must always be given freely and voluntarily by a person capable of making decisions regarding the treatment. Those individuals with learning disability or other mental incapacity must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will sign the consent form on their behalf.
Patient Surveys – We try to obtain the views of our patients on a regular basis using patient surveys. We use the feedback to improve the provision of treatment and care to all our patients moving forward.
Complaints procedure- This practice operates a complaints policy which complies with the Care Quality Commission requirements. Patients are asked in the event of any complaint to speak directly or write to Tracey Fitzpatrick or Julie Gardner. Patients who require further advice should direct their enquiry to Mrs Tracey Fitzpatrick who when applicable will recommend the services of an independent advocate. A copy of our complaints procedure can be found on the wall of the waiting room. There is also a more comprehensive copy of the policy in the practice information folder in patient seating area.
What shall we do – Our complaints procedure is designed to make sure we settle any complaints as quickly as possible. We shall acknowledge complaints within 2 days and aim to have looked into the complaint within 10 working days of the date when it was raised. By this time we should be in a position to offer an explanation or a patient meeting as is appropriate. Should there be any delay in the process we will aim to keep the complainant informed.
When we look into a complaint, we shall aim to:-
At the end of the investigation the complaint will be discussed with complainant in detail, either in person or in writing.
Complaining on behalf of someone else – The rules of dental confidentiality will be adhered to if the complaint is received on behalf of someone else. Written permission by the person raising the complaint will be required unless they are incapable (eg because of illness). Should the complaint not be resolved to the patients satisfaction, the patient is advised to speak or write to either:-
The Dental Complaints Service – (for complaints about private treatment).
Stephenson House, 2 Cherry Orchard Road,
Croydon, CR0 6BA
Tel No 08456120540
The General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London W1M 8DQ
Tel No 02078873800
Help us get it right. We encourage patients/clients to let us know when we have done something well or if there are any suggestions as to how we can improve our service.
Signed……………………………………………………………………………….1st January 2020
Mr Liam Timothy Fitzpatrick BDS, DGDP RCS