Tips for Choosing a Reading Dental Clinic
Given how many Reading dental clinic practices there are, it’s important that you find the right one for you. There are some things you can do to make the process easier. Here are five tips for choosing the right Reading dental clinic.
Consider your dental health plan, insurance, and any other benefits you might have when choosing a dentist. If you want to be seen on the NHS for example, then keep in mind that not every dentist caters to NHS patients. So check to make sure they are an NHS dentist before committing yourself. If you are a private patient or have insurance, then find one that works with your insurer and compare costs.
Ask around for recommendations. Talk to your family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers. Ask them which dentist they use and how they feel about them. You can also talk to your GP and ask them for a referral. They’ll have the names and numbers of several dentists and should be able to recommend a good one. There are plenty of online resources where you can compare dentists and read reviews from others as well. You should expect to have similar experiences to other people, so find a dentist that others are speaking highly of.
You need to factor accessibility into your choice. Do you want to have a dentist that is close to where you work and live? What about the accessibility of booking an appointment? Do you need to have a dentist that is open during the weekend? This is the kind of information you need to convey to a prospective dentist. Think about how far away the dentist is from you and how easily you can find an appointment that suits you. You need to find a dentist that works around your schedule, rather than the other way around.
After putting together a list of prospective dentists it’s time to call them up and make an appointment. Find out more about the qualifications and certifications of the dentist. Find out more about the dental procedures they offer, and which of these services are actually done in the practice. Sometimes a dentist will offer services that you will actually need to have performed elsewhere. Or they may be willing to book you in for an outside service and arrange for treatment they don’t personally perform. Also find out how often in advance you can schedule checkups, cleanings, and other appointments.
Check the office of the dentist during your appointment. Look at how clean and ordered it is. Are the staff there courteous towards you and friendly? Were they able to efficiently and carefully handle your private information like your medical and dental history? Is their office child-friendly?
There are several questions you need to consider when choosing a Reading dental clinic; are the opening hours and the location of the clinic convenient? Did the dentist put you at ease? Would you trust their recommendations? Find a dentist that is convenient, friendly, and professional. You can’t go wrong if you do that.
This practice complies with the Data Protection Act (1998) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018. This means that we will ensure that your information is processed fairly and lawfully.
• Your past and current medical and dental condition; personal details such as your age, address, telephone number and your general medical practitioner
• We may need to request details of your NHS number and entitlement to healthcare treatment
• Radiographs, clinical photographs, ultrasound imaging and study models
• Information about the treatment that we have provided or propose and its cost
• Notes of conversations or incidents that might occur for which a record needs to be kept
• Records of consent to treatment
• Any correspondence relating to you with other health care professionals, for example in the hospital or community services.
We need to keep accurate personal data about patients in order to provide you with safe and appropriate dental care.
We are required to retain your medical records, ultrasound imaging, X- rays and study models while you are a patient of this practice and after you cease to be a patient, for at least eleven years or until age 25, whichever is the longer.
Your information is held in the practice’s computer system. The information is only accessible to authorised personnel. Personal information will not be removed from this practice without the patients authorised consent. Your personal information is carefully protected by the staff at this practice. All access to information is held securely and can only be accessed by regularly changed passwords. Data is encrypted and computer terminals are closed if unattended.
In order to provide proper and safe dental care to:
• Your general medical practitioner
• The hospital or community dental services
• Other health professionals caring for you
• Private dental schemes of which you are a member.
Disclosure will take place on a ‘need-to-know’ basis, so that only those individuals/organisations who need to know in order to provide care to you (whose personnel are covered by strict confidentiality rules) will be given the information. Only information that the recipient needs to know will be disclosed.
In very limited circumstances or when required by law or a court order, personal data may have to be disclosed to a third party not connected with your health care. In all other situations, disclosure that is not covered by this Code of Practice will only occur when we have your specific consent. Where possible you will be informed of these requests for disclosure.