Look after your NHS Dental Registration or you may lose it
Did you know that in order to keep your NHS dental registration at 76dental you need to attend regularly?
Many of our patients forget to make regular visits to see their dentist. And then, before they realise, it’s been nearly two years!
Due to the high number of people wishing to receive NHS dental treatment and the very long waiting lists, we have no choice but to de-register patients who have not attended for two years or more.
At 76dental, we try to remind our patients when they are due for their dental examinations via text message and email. However, we often find that many of our communications do not get through as patients do not update their details with us.
What to do to keep your registration?
Always attend any appointment booked or cancel the appointment more than 24 hours in advance.
Missed appointments are one of the reasons why you can lose your NHS dental registration.
Make sure you book your next dental examination before you leave the practice. Whether it’s three, six, nine or even twelve months in advance, our reception teams will help you make your next appointment and send you reminders nearer the time as well.
Check and update your contact details
Be sure they are correct, especially your email address and mobile phone, if you have one. If we can keep in touch with you, then we can help you keep on track, so you don’t miss your appointment.
If you are caring for an older person, then help them to keep up their registration too by tracking their appointments for them.
Use it! Don’t lose it!
Once you have been de-registered, you are no longer able to receive NHS treatment at 76dental. If you want to receive NHS treatment again, you can call us and ask to join the waiting list. Our NHS waiting list is currently quite long, so it may be some time before you are offered an NHS appointment. Our recommendation is that you protect your registered status.
Our recommendation is that you protect your registered status by attending your appointments, and booking your next appointment before you leave the practice.
Check list for staying on the NHS dental register:
- attend all your appointments or cancel well in advance.
- always book your next appointment before you leave the surgery.
- keep your contact details up to date.
- make sure you visit your dentist regularly (and don’t leave it for longer than two years!).
For more information, or if you are concerned you may lose your NHS dental registration please contact the practice.