It has been a busy Year for us at the practice. We have been working towards best practice with HTM-01-05, the guidelines for cross infection control in Dental Practice. We feel that this has now been largely achieved with good practice standards in all areas. We have also been complying with the Care Quality Commision standards, the new agency to check on all standards in practice ensuring that patient safety is uppermost and that patients experience a good standard of care from the team throughout. We have been notified today that my registration in all 3 areas applied for has been given. Future checks will be made to ensure ongoing compliance with standards.
I had my Denplan Excel Accreditation revalidation inspection in November, carried out by an Independant dentist and passed over 330 checks on the practice and working standards.This is necessary approximately every 18 months to be allowed to keep my Excel membership.
On other things within the practice, Kerri our trainee nurse has been working very hard to learn all aspects of her job in readiness to take her National Certificate Examinations in May. We all wish her good luck with this and have every confidence she should do well.
We would like to welcome Penny our not so new hygienist now, who started at the practice in June last year. She has settled in very well and is now a key member of the team.
There have been some changes to how the practice looks, with our new signage and logo which we are very pleased with. Now everyone will have no doubts as to where the practice is situated.
Our Practice website has now been running for approximately 6 months, highlighting the products and services available here, with photos of the staff, a history of the practice and a location map with directions. Please let us have feedback about what you think of it, or if there is any other information you feel that you may need.
Last year we had a keen young man on work experience from the Regis school. He would like to be a dentist and was interested in all aspects of the job.He said that he had thoroughly enjoyed himself whilst he was here and is now convinced that being a dentist is what he would like to become. Watch this space!
Finally we continue to support local Lions Club charities by collecting old mobile phones, spectacles and hearing aids. These are recycled to help with eye camps in third world countries.These people would be unable to get glasses or hearing aids any other way. We are currently holding an Easter egg raffle to raise money to help the Lions help local people. We as a practice also support Dentaid, a charity supported by Lions as well, that refurbishes equipment to be used in countries around the world where equipment like this would otherwise be unavailable. We have donated equipment in the past including x ray sets, chairs, sterilisers and dental instruments. My wife Karen and I attended a charity ball for Dentaid in December, helping them raise valuable funds for their work whilst having fun. They told us about where the money goes and the countries they help, with some specific examples. It also helped me with my autograph wall in the surgery, with some new signed celebrity pictures which had been donated to Dentaid for auction.