Dr. C J Illingworth BChD

Tel: 01244 351 755

NHS Options

At Vicars Cross Dental Practice we provide all the necessary treatment required to secure and maintain your oral health.

Our policy is to give greater NHS resource priority to:

The charge you will pay depends on the treatment you need to keep your mouth, gums and teeth healthy. You will only ever be asked to pay one charge for each complete course of treatment—either Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3.The fees are set by the Government.

The practice receives a fixed NHS budget; any fees paid by our NHS patients does not go to the practice but is a contribution towards the NHS (similar to the pharmacy prescription charges)

If you are not exempt from charges, you should pay one of the following charges for each course of treatment you receive:

Band 1—£20.60

This covers an exam, diagnosis, x-rays if required, preventive advice, a scale and polish if needed and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealants. If you require urgent care you will also be required to pay a Band 1 charge.

Band 2—£56.30

This covers everything listed in band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work (if appropriate) or extractions.

Band 3—£244.30

This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2, plus advanced treatment such as crowns, dentures and bridges.

Please note that due to increasingly limited NHS funding if you fail to attend your appointments or repeatedly cancel at short notice we may not be able to offer you further appointments under NHS arrangements.

Registration ended in April 2006, as an NHS patient at Vicars Cross Dental you are assigned to the the practice 'active' NHS list, not the dentist and whilst we endeavour to ensure you remain with the same dentist this is not always possible. Our fixed budet means we have a fixed patient list size. Remaining on the practice 'active' list is dependent on attending for your routine recalls and treatment appointments, paying the statuatory NHS charges when requested and implementing the preventive advice provided. If you don't attend after 2 years following your recall date your place will be offered to a new NHS patient.

If you would prefer to be fully registered with one particular dentist we will be happy to see you under private arrangements.

Free NHS dental treatment or help with costs—you may eligible for help with all or part if the costs of your NHS dental treatment. See the leaflet NHS Dental Services in England or go to www.dh.gov.uk/dentistry for further information.

For further information on NHS dental services in Western Cheshire please contact:

NHS England – Cheshire & Merseyside Area Team
1829 Building
Countess of Chester Health Park
Liverpool Road
Chester
CH2 1HJ

Call us on 01244 351755, or click here for Appointments. With some basic contact details and an indication of your preferred days and times, our receptionist will be happy to arrange an appointment for you.

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