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GUIDE TO THE INFORMATION PUBLISHED BY

David Gale, The Specialist orthodontic Referral Centre, 37 East Street, Fareham, PO16 0DF
This is a guide to the information published by each of the NHS dentists at the David Gale. This guide is the dentists’ Publication Scheme as required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The dentists are : David Gale
Introduction
This Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely made available to the public by the dentists at The Specialist orthodontic Referral Centre. It is not a complete list of publications since this will change as other things are produced, but it is a description of the classes of information that we provide. A full list of publications is available by contacting Sarah Buckley (Practice Manager) who is responsible for our Scheme.
This guide will be reviewed at regular intervals and we will monitor its effectiveness.
How much do they cost?
All publications are free unless otherwise stated.
How are they published?
All of the information is available in hard copy from Sarah Buckley, 37 East Street, Fareham, PO16 0DF

Your right to information
As well as our published information, present and former patients of the practice have the right to access the personal information that we hold about them in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Details of how to do this is contained in the Practice Data Protection Policy which is available from …
Feedback
We have produced this guide in order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The purpose of the Act is to encourage organizations working for the public to be more open about the information they have. We welcome your views on additional classes of information which might be included and on the publications themselves. If you have any comments or suggestions about the scheme, please send them in writing Sarah Buckley at the Practice.

Classes of information
We hold various types of information which we review, retain or dispose of according to NHS rules. Our information is classed into seven categories:


  1. Who we are

  2. Our services

  3. Financial information

  4. Information for patients and the public

  5. Complaints

  6. Our policies and procedures

  7. This guide.


Class 1: Who we are
Details of all the dentists, dental therapists and dental hygienists are contained in the practice information leaflet. Details include name, sex and date of first registration with the General Dental Council, specialist status and whether they are full or part time. The name of the practice manager is also included.
Class 2: Our services
Information about our services is contained in the practice’s patient information leaflet which is available at Reception. The information includes:


  • Opening times

  • Arrangements for emergency care

  • Details of access to the premises for people with disabilities

  • The languages we speak and the availability of interpreters

  • Whether we have a dental hygienist or orthodontic treatment is available

  • Whether we provide intravenous sedation for anxious patients

  • Information about the care and treatment provided by the practice

We offer NHS specialist orthodontic treatment for children up to the age of 18 years at the start of treatment. The availability of NHS orthodontic treatment is limited to children with a moderate to high need for orthodontic care as measured by the Index of Treatment needs (IOTN) > dental health component 3, aesthetic component 6. We offer both private and NHS private specialist orthodontic treatment for both child and adult patients.


Class 3: Financial information
We have information about:

Our income from the NHS derives primarily from monthly fees for the number of patients we have on our list and for individual items of treatment. There are also some allowances for such things as continuing professional development and the level of our commitment to the NHS.


Class 4: Information for patients and the public
We make available information leaflets about:


  • The practice brochure showing treatment aims and types of treatment

  • The risks and benefits of orthodontic treatment

  • Instructions when wearing a fixed appliance

  • Instructions when wearing a removable appliance

  • Instructions when wearing a functional appliance

  • NHS information leaflets.

Copies of leaflets are available from Reception.



Class 5: Complaints
We have a practice complaints procedure, a copy of which is available from Sarah Buckley, Practice manager.
Class 6: Practice policies
We have policies and procedures which ensure that the practice operates in a safe and efficient manner. These include:


  • Data protection

  • Data security

  • Confidentiality

  • Health and Safety

  • Radiation protection

  • Infection control

  • Payments policy

  • Equal opportunities.

Copies of the policies are available from Reception.


Class 7: This guide
This guide will be reviewed regularly and we will also keep the list of publications up to date.
From January 2005 we have been required by the Freedom of Information Act to respond to requests from the public to access recorded information that we hold. There are some exemptions to this right and it does not change the rights of our patients to have all of their personal information kept strictly confidential and available to them on request.
Further information
Further information on the Freedom of Information Act is available from the following websites:
www.informationcommissioner.gov.England/Wales/Northern Ireland
www.lcd.gov.England/Wales/Northern Ireland
www.foi-England/Wales/Northern Ireland.org
www.foi.nhs.England/Wales/Northern Ireland/practice



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