You can now book a direct access dental hygiene appointment with our Dental Hygienist

What is Direct Access?

Direct Access means patients now have the option to access treatments from Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists directly.

As of May 1 2013, The General Dental Council permits patients the option to directly access the services of a Dental Hygienist, and/or Dental Therapists without having to see a dentist prior to their appointment. Previously, an examination was required before prescribing any treatments.

Dental Hygienists – what do they do?

Dental Hygienists/Therapists are registered dental professionals, who help you maintain your oral health by preventing and treating periodontal disease and promoting good oral health.

Our practice policy gives patients the option to access certain treatments without having to see a dentist first. Not all treatments are included. If a referral is necessary to the dentist, the Hygienist or Therapist will explain the reasons for this and seek the patient’s consent to be sent to one of our highly skilled dentists.

Important Hygienist Information

Important points to remember regarding Direct Access to the Dental Hygienist/Therapist include:

  • They must work within the extent of their training and must not undertake duties for which they have not been trained
  • If any issues are identified whilst performing their duties, they will advise a referral to a Dentist or necessary healthcare professional in the best interest of you or if something is outside their scope of practice
  • Teeth whitening still requires a prescription and dental assessment for patient suitability from a Dentist, allowing treatment to then be carried out by a Dental Hygienist/Therapist whilst a Dentist is on the premises.

Please ensure you allow extra time when arriving for your appointment as a Medical History Questionnaire and direct access consent forms need to be completed prior to your appointment.

Enquire today

Book your hygienist session now by calling the team.

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WELCOME BACK From Tuesday 9th June

The final preparations to welcoming you back are underway and the Team is looking forward to seeing you again. Your safety is our top priority and we are planning a phased return starting with urgent treatment and assessment. This will mean that there will be a transition where protocols will change according to the up to date guidance. The following are part of the first phase guidance

1. The week before any previously booked appointment you must contact us to confirm the details of that appointment .
2. Timings will be staggered to reduce patient waiting
3. You will be required to complete a Covid status declaration and have your temperature taken.
4. Fully charge your phone, hydrate , visit the toilet and minimise personal belongings before setting off
5. Call 10 minutes prior to entering the building (we want to minimise the paths that cross)
6. Don’t bring friends or family members or children that do not have an appointment, Social distancing will be much easier for us to coordinate if the numbers are restricted.
7. We are trialling payment as you arrive, this will mean that future amendments might be required but it will smooth your flow through the practice.
8. Please avoid cash or cheque payments the best payment methods are apple / google pay however card payments and BACS are also fine
9. We love to catch up but right now is not the time. We will ask you to leave the practice once your appointment has finished. Social distancing will be much easier for us to coordinate if we can prepare for the next patient to enter the building.

Please look for the additional and updated guidance.


Dr Rob Tennet
The StJohns Dental Practice


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