The Smile Clinic
We deliver NHS Dental treatment to the local community. We are working toward Healthy Living dentistry. We are a baby teeth do matter clinic.
- 23 January 2019
- North West
- Health, Medical
- Local Alliances:
- Manchester Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
All patient’s are given all available treatment options and make their own decisions around their personal healthcare.
We tailor our treatment and offer person centred care for all of your patient’s.
We are support to to our patient’s wanted to make better lifestyle choices i.e. we can refer onto smoking cessation services.
We offer both verbal and written information and operate transparent communication Around treatment options.
We treat all our patient’s with respect and dignity to make them feel valued.
We support patient’s to be independent and live pain free.
We would agree to participate in research should the opportunity arise.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Once a patient moves towards advanced dementia we refer them onto specialist services where they can access treatment by specially trained dentist.
Time pressure means we sometimes are not able to book a longer appointment for patients that may require more time due to UDA targets.
Accessible Chair in waiting area
I will discuss getting chairs that are more suitable for patient’s with mobility impairment for our waiting area.
Making a sign for patient’s wishing to access water
We do not have a water fountain in reception but, we are going to make a sign for reception asking patient’s to ask the reception staff is they wish to have a drink of water whilst waiting.
- Being implemented
Improve orientation around the practice
We are going to place large bright signs that denote the areas within the practice that are ‘staff only to make it more obvious
- Being implemented
Plan to replace the flooring
If in the future we re-decorate we will replace our floor tiles with a more dementia friendly floor covering that is matt, sound proof with no patterns.