Patient Complaints Procedure
If you do not feel you can raise a complaint about your NHS service directly with us, you can address your complaint directly to NHS England at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘For the attention of the complaints team’ in the subject line
For private dental treatment you can contact the GDC private dental complaints service within 12 months of the treatment or within 12 months of becoming aware of the issue by calling 020 8253 0800 or visiting www.dentalcomplaints.org.uk.
If you are still unhappy about your NHS complaint, you can contact the Parliamentary Health Ombudsman (England): by calling 0345 015 4033 or visiting www.ombudsman.org.uk.
You can also contact the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who regulates private and NHS dental care services in England by calling 03000 616161. They can take action against a service provider that is not meeting their standards
The General Dental Council is responsible for regulating all dental professionals. You can complain using their online form at www.gdc-uk.org contact them on email@example.com or by calling 020 7167 6000.
The practice aims to meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR], the guidelines on the Information Commissioner’s website as well as our professional guidelines and requirements.
The data controller is the Asha Chandaria, the information governance lead is Dimple Shah [who is also (in NHS practices) the Data Protection Officer].
This Privacy Notice is available [on the practice website at http://denhamgreendentalpractice.co.uk/policies/ at reception/ by email if you contact Denhamgreen.firstname.lastname@example.org/ by calling 01895 832238.
You will be asked to provide personal information when joining the practice. The purpose of processing your personal data is to provide you with optimum dental health care and prevention.
CHARTER ON PATIENT SAFETY
Our practice has a safety culture which means that patient safety is at the forefront of everyone’s minds not only when delivering healthcare but also when setting objectives, developing procedures, purchasing new products and equipment. It is also a culture that is open and fair, where team members can discuss the challenges they face at work for the best interests of our patients.
For patient safety we:
- Follow the latest infection prevention guidelines including those from NHS England
- Use dental instruments that are single use or are sterilised after each patient use
- Decontaminate work areas including the dental chair, handheld equipment and cupboard handles, in between patients
- Maintain a high standard of personal hygiene including clinical clothing and the restricted wearing of jewellery
- Monitor practice water for quality. Dental unit waterlines are disinfected and kept clear
- Handle waste according to current regulations and dispose of it with appropriate carriers
- Take expert advice if a team member may have a blood borne infection. The team member will have an occupational health examination and follow professional advice on their role in treating patients
All our team members are trained in safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and follow the practice safeguarding procedures, which are regularly monitored and reviewed.
As a member of CODE, the practice is kept up to date with the latest guidelines, good practice and regulations. We run a continuous improvement programme called iComply.
We support the team through regular meetings, staff training, personal development and regular appraisals.