Appointment Management and Cancellation Policy
It is the aim of this practice to provide quality dental care to our patients and to use clinical time effectively. To achieve this aim, we have an appointment management and cancellation policy.
Management of appointments. Appointments can be made or rescheduled by calling the practice on 01872 555 911
Cancellation or delay of an appointment by the practice
We will only cancel or delay a patient’s appointment in unavoidable circumstances. In such cases, we will take the following steps:
- The patient will be contacted as soon as the practice is aware of the need to cancel or delay the appointment. We will explain the reason for the cancellation or delay
- At the time of contact, the patient will be offered a new appointment at the earliest time available
- If the patient is unable to commit to a new appointment during that contact, we will ask them to get in touch at a later time, when we will offer them a priority appointments.
Cancellation of an appointment or missed appointment by a patient
Patients are requested to give at least 48 hours’ notice to cancel a dental appointment. Cancellations should be made by telephone on: 01872 555911. Late cancellations and missed appointments may represent a cost to the practice, when other patients could have been seen in the time set aside for the patient.
There is a fee for private dental appointments that are missed or cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice. The fee would be
Any missed appointments can be charged at £150 per hour.
It is our aim to telephone patients after a missed appointment to understand the reason for non- attendance and to inform them about any fee.
We understand that cancellations are sometimes unavoidable due to illness or emergencies and we will take account of all valid circumstances.
Any appeals about missed or cancelled appointment decisions by a patient should be made in writing to the Practice Manager, Sam Evans.