How we look after information about you
The Practice requires personal information about you so that we can provide the healthcare you deserve. We treat this information with the utmost care and store it according to strict guidelines and legislation. These are outlined below however we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.
What is the Freedom of Information Act?
It is a law passed by the Government that gives you the right to request information from public services. The aim of the Act is to promote trust and confidence in our public services, by providing clear information and being open about what we do.
What information can I obtain?
Personal information may be obtained from the Practice Directly. We explain how to do this below.
When can I exercise these rights?
Do make a request for any information that you are interested in and we will try to help. We aim to be as open as possible however there are certain situations where we may be unable to satisfy your requests; for example with regard to certain proprietary information or matters that are already in the public domain.
What types of information are being made available?
The Act refers to “classes” of information, and a class is the information available on a particular topic. Therefore a class could be a specific document, such as our policy on the Data Protection Act 1998. Information is not limited to paper documents it also includes available information on our website.
What information is already available?
We recognise the importance of the freedom of information and we have therefore made sure that as much information as possible is available through leaflets, posters or our website.
Can I get access to information about myself or other patients?
The Freedom of Information Act does not change the legal right of patients to protection of their patient confidentiality. Maintaining this right of confidentiality is an important commitment for all organisations. To help with this we have appointed someone who is called a Caldicott Guardian, and who has responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality in accordance with patient legal rights. The Caldicott Guardian for our Practice is Dominic Brennan.
You may obtain access to your own health records under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Will I be able to get access to all of the information at the Practice?
The right to obtain information may be limited by some exemptions which are listed within the Act. The effect of the exemptions is that we may not be able to supply all or part of the information requested. If possible we will supply the information requested with the exempt information removed.
Is there a charge for information supplied?
Ordinarily we will charge a small fee for xrays and copies of clinical records. These fees are available on request.
How do I get access to information?
You must make your request in writing, which includes by email. The request must include your name and address so that we can contact you. You do not need to tell us why you want the information, however you must give us enough detail about the information you require to allow us to correctly identify and find it. When we have received your payment we have 20 working days to send you the information you have requested
Complaints and appeals
Any complaints about our handling of your request or about our Publication Scheme should in the first instance be addressed to:
Dominic Brennan, WeLoveTeeth, Elmgrove House, Elmgrove Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8NZ.
You are also free to contact the Government Department with responsibility for ensuring organisations comply with the Freedom of Information Act:
The Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Appointments and Cancellation Notice
- We try to run on time and respectfully request that you arrive in good time for your appointment. If you are late we may need to shorten your appointment time or rearrange it so as not to run late for patients with appointments following yours.
- We require 24 hours notice for cancellation of dental appointments and 48 hours for hygiene appointments. Where a late cancellation is made, such as on the morning of the appointment, you become liable for a charge equal to the cost of the appointment.
- Where an appointment is not met and no notice is given you become liable for a charge equal to the cost of the appointment.
- We will endeavour to contact you by email, text message or telephone to confirm appointments over half an hour. This is a service to help remind everyone of their appointments, it remains your responsibility to remember and attend appointments.
For information on the guarantee of substantial work please click here. Additional guarantees, including those provided by laboratories are as follows:
a. Composite fillings will be guaranteed by the dentist for 3 years after treatment subject to you satisfying the qualifying requirements.
b. Crowns and Bridge – For breakages requiring the laboratory to remake the work, the laboratory guarantee their work for up to 12 months. Zirconia crowns and bridge work will be guaranteed by the laboratory for 5 years, Please note that where the laboratory guarantee their work, if it is 6 months after the initial fit the dentist will need to charge for their time to refit the free laboratory work.
c. Root Canal Treatment and Extensive Periodontal Care Treatment do not carry guarantees. Should you require either of these treatments your dentist will discuss with you the likelihood of success in your case, and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.
d. Extractions: following a tooth extraction, some people will be at risk of a dry socket, which is where healing is impaired due to key factors such as smoking or a particularly difficult extraction. Where a dry socket needs treating after extraction this will be charged at the current emergency rate set out in the Practice fees.
Fees and Payments
- Dental Fees: We aim to provide every Patient with a detailed breakdown of their treatment costs as an estimate before booking an appointment, as it is part of making an informed decision about any treatment. You will be asked at the time of booking an appointment whether you have been given the necessary information about the cost of the treatment.
- If you take out finance for treatment and wish to have a refund (because you are no longer continuing treatment), we will refund the sum of money borrowed, less any amounts owing to us and less any finance company charges levied upon us.
- For most large treatments we require a 50% deposit before booking any appointments.
- Should you join our Membership Plan, the first consultation appointment is not included in the plan cost.
- If you join our Membership Plan and wish to cancel the plan, we will require 3 months notice. You will be entitled to use any remaining appointments which are calculated, pro rata, to your annual entitlement and usage on the date of cancellation. If you have contributed less than the cost of any dental examinations or hygienist visits already received, we will require either the remaining sum to be paid, or the appropriate number of monthly payments to be made before cancelling the direct debit. Where a direct debit is cancelled and an outstanding amount for treatment received has not been paid we will send out an account requesting payment.
- If you owe money for treatment and this is not paid within 30 days of treatment or within 14 days of the date on your ‘Statement of Account’, an interest charge may be added to the gross sum owing.
Your Information – What you need to know.
The Practice requires personal information about you so that we can provide the healthcare you deserve. We treat this information with the utmost care and store it according to strict guidelines and legislation.
Prices that are prefixed with a ‘+’
Treatment such as the Dental Laser may be priced as follows; ‘+£20’. This indicates the sum charged is in addition to the required cost of an appointment.
WeLoveTeeth work with Credit Broker Medenta and Hitachi Capital to offer affordable finance for treatment. All applications for finance are subject to status and an application approval. Should you decide to apply for credit the following process commences:
Hitachi will search your record at credit reference and fraud prevention agencies and that of your ‘financial associate’ if you have one, i.e. a person with whom you have, or have had, joint personal financial arrangements such as joint accounts or have made joint credit applications. It may be your spouse or partner (not a business partner). Hitachi may also, in certain limited circumstances, check the record, including credit details, of other members of your family and, if you are a director or partner in a small business, they may also check on your business. If you tell Hitachi that you have a financial associate, they will search, link and record information about you both at credit reference agencies.
You must be sure you have your financial associate’s agreement to disclose their information. If you give Hitachi false or inaccurate information and they identify fraud, they will record this with fraud prevention agencies. Law enforcement agencies may access and use this information. Hitachi will use a scoring or other automated decision-making system to assess your application and to verify your identity.
How Hitachi will use your information you have provided
Whether or not Hitachi accept your application for credit, they may pass your personal information to members of their group of companies, or business partners, affiliates or other third parties, and to anyone who introduced you to them, who may use it to inform you by letter/telephone or by email about their products and services (which may not be financially related). If Hitachi do not accept your application for credit, they may pass your personal information to another lender or broker which may accept your application. The other lender or broker may carry out its own searches at credit reference and fraud prevention agencies.
If you are accepted for credit and do not want to be contacted in this way please write to Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance, 2 Apex View, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9BH.
What Hitachi will also do when you have an agreement with them:
Hitachi will add to your record with the credit reference agencies details of your agreement with them, the payments you make under it, any default or failure to keep its terms and any change of name or address. Account information given to credit reference agencies remains on file for 6 years after the account is closed, whether settled by you or upon default.
What the credit reference agencies will do:
Whether or not this application proceeds, the credit reference agency will place a record of Hitachi’s search on your credit file. This record (but not Hitachi’s name) will be seen by other organisations when you apply for credit in the future. A large number of applications within a short period of time could affect your ability to obtain credit. Whether or not this application proceeds, the agencies will link your records and those of your financial associate(s), including any previous and subsequent names. These links will remain on your and their files until you or they tell the agency you are no longer financially linked and the agency accepts this. The agencies may supply Hitachi with credit information, such as previous applications, the conduct of accounts in your and your financial associate’s name, any business accounts you have, fraud prevention information and public information such as County Court Judgments, bankruptcies and the Electoral Register.
How Hitachi and others use the agency information:
Some information held by the credit reference and fraud prevention agencies will be disclosed to Hitachi and other organisations to, for example:
- prevent fraud and money laundering, for example by checking details on applications for credit and credit-related or other facilities, proposals and claims for all types of insurance and job applications and employee records;recover debts that you owe and trace your whereabouts;
- manage credit accounts and other facilities;
- verify your identity;
- make decisions on credit, insurance and other facilities, about you, your financial associate(s), members of your household or your business; and
- carry out statistical analysis to help with decisions about credit and account management.
The information held by these agencies may also be used for other purposes for which you give your specific permission or, in very limited circumstances, when required by law or where permitted under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998.
Hitachi and other organisations may access and use from other countries the information recorded by fraud prevention agencies.
Please write to ‘PaybyFinance Team , Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, 2 Apex View, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9BH’, if you want details of those credit reference and fraud prevention agencies from which Hitachi obtain, and to which they pass, information about you. You have a legal right to these details.
You have the right to receive a copy of the information Hitachi hold about you if you apply to them in writing. A fee will be payable.