Paul & Hilary Blundell have owned the practice since 1993 when they took it over from Mr Colin Petherick. The practice originally was established by Mr Clive Downing in the 60's
Hilary & Paul gained their dental qualifications from Edinburgh University Dental School in 1987. Between then and working at this practice they both worked in Omagh for a year and the rest of the time they worked in practices in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
In 1994, Paul gained a postgraduate qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons London, his DGDP (Diploma in General Dental Practice).
The practice has been approved a member of the BDA Good Practice Scheme since 2007. This is a voluntary regulatory scheme that sets standards that are audited to maintain membership.
A new local compulsory registration scheme RQIA (Regulation, Quality, and Inspection Authority) was introduced in 2011. Blundell Dental Practice was inspected for the first time under this new body in October 2011, and was compliant with the required standards. A copy of the report can be obtained from the RQIA website.
Blundell Dental Practice registers most patients for NHS treatment. Patients who have been registered for NHS treatment can avail themselves of private treatments that are either not available on the list of services under the NHS scheme, or require the use of equipment, laboratory work, and materials that are not in the budget of NHS pricing set by the Department of Health NI.
Private options can be chosen as one off treatment, however, we can also offer patients the option of Denplan policies that are a set amount a year, excluding laboratory items.
Dental practices are teeming with technology these days designed to make treatment safer and more pleasant for patients. On the administrative side of things, we have invested in computerizing our appointment system and patients records. Now it is much easier and convenient for patients to get reminders by text or e-mail. From a cross infection control point of view, the less pieces of paper moving about the practice is a good thing too. Patients are often surprised that the computers are funded by the practice and not the NHS, but it's an investment we are happy to make for the improvements it gives our service to you.
Clinically, it seems everyday there are new bits of technology available not all of which have enough of a track record for us to feel happy exposing our patients to. However, we can't speak highly enough of modern materials, the dental loupes and headlights we use regularly for improved magnification and illumination of the detailed work we perform. Another favourite piece of kit is an APEX LOCATOR, this is a highly accurate way to measure the length of a root canal should a tooth need such work, you can hear it pinging like a sonar as it approaches the end of the root.
Instrument sterilization is essential, so all instruments used on patients are put through our WASHER DISINFECTOR (medical grade dishwasher), followed by a cycle in an AUTOCLAVE (steam sterilizer). Each of these machines cost over £4000, and every cycle must be validated for successful completion which is then recorded for traceability purposes.
Radiographs taken with our X-Ray machines are developed in our on site developer. Quality control tests are used to ensure the minimum amount of radiographs have to taken with the minimum amount of radiation exposure.
Please note that we need 24 hours notice before the time of your appointment to give us the opportunity to offer it to another patient. For every 15 minute period that is missed or not cancelled early enough, a patient should pay £10 to one of our chosen charities, either Bridge2Aid or Dentaid. Unfortunately, we will not be able to make you another appointment until any outstanding missed appointments are paid for.
Dentaid is a charity providing reconditioned and new dental equipment for developing nations. They also provide kits for dentists volunteering in areas with no dental health care.
Bridge2Aid is a charity operating in Tanzania. They provide training for local health care workers in oral health and extractions. This is creating a 'ground up' sustainable model of dental health care in this country.
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We are a Denplan registered practice and welcome new NHS and private patients.