Private Dental Care - Covid19
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I've just received an email from my dentist, whom I pay for via Denplan. He's basically saying that the surgery is closed until further notice. However, he goes on to offer instructions in case of emergency and then gives one telephone number for his Denplan Patients (a Denplan number) and another number ( I guess his own mobile phone) for his "Private Patients". I'm kind of curious about this as, paying a monthly fee, I thought that I too was in the wonderful world of private dentistry? I'm not sure I fully understand this - can anyone enlighten me please. Are some patients more Private than others?
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1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
Just my luck that something came up unexpectedly that needs fixing and therefore I need an appointment. Thankfully I'm not in pain, but I rang to ask what the position is and got this same sort of ansafone response.
To which I thought "But it's a private dentist anyway and so what exactly do they mean by that - as I AM a private patient".
Assumed there is some sort of mixed message going on here and that those who get the more restricted type message are the Denplan patients and those who (like myself) pay as we go are the ones counted as "private" in this instance. So I assume I am amongst the ones who come first (as a pay as you go-er) and then it's Denplan people next and then there would be NHS patients (only I don't think this practice has any NHS patients).
private patients pay for call outs etc themselves.
Dentists will triage and prioritise those in most need/pain/vulnerable first .