• Dentist
  • Dentist

Chopra & Associates Ashford

225 Faversham Road, Kennington, Ashford, Kent, TN24 9AF (01233) 637018

Provided and run by:
Mr. Paramjit Chopra

All Inspections

10 December 2015

During a routine inspection

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection on 10 December 2015 to ask the practice the following key questions; Are services safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led?

Our findings were:

Are services safe?

We found that this practice was providing safe care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Are services effective?

We found that this practice was providing effective care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Are services caring?

We found that this practice was providing caring services in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Are services responsive?

We found that this practice was providing responsive care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Are services well-led?

We found that this practice was providing well-led care in accordance with the relevant regulations.


Chopra and Associates Ashford provides predominately NHS dental services with private treatment options available for patients. The practice has three consulting and treatment rooms, two dentists who are supported by four dental nurses. The practice also provides minor oral surgery for its patient population and on referral from other practices in the area. This service is facilitated by a visiting oral surgeon. The practice is managed by a practice group manager with a principal dentist who is the owner, supporting the whole team.

The group manager is the registered manager. A registered manager is a person who is registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the practice is run.

We spoke with nine patients who told us that they were satisfied with the services they had received. All stated their experiences at the practice were excellent, that staff were kind and caring and appointments were readily available both for emergencies and routine visits. They spoke about how their dignity and privacy was maintained at all times and how they were involved in decisions regarding their care and treatment.

Before our inspection we sent Care Quality Commission comment cards to the practice for patients to complete to tell us about their experience of using the practice. We collected 8 completed cards. All provided a positive view of the service the practice provides. Patients commented the team were kind, caring, efficient and that they had received excellent care. The majority commented that the practice was very clean and staff were polite.

Our key findings were:

  • Staff reported incidents and kept records of these which the practice used for shared learning.
  • The practice was visibly clean and well maintained.
  • Patients’ needs were assessed and care was planned and delivered in line with current best practice guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and other published guidance.
  • The practice had effective safeguarding processes and staff understood their responsibilities for safeguarding adults and children living in vulnerable circumstances.
  • Staff had received training appropriate to their roles and were supported in their continued professional development (CPD).
  • The practice took into account any comments, concerns or complaints and used these to help them improve the practice.
  • Patients were pleased with the care and treatment they received and complimentary about the dentists and all other members of the practice team.

27 August 2013

During a routine inspection

We spoke with three patients who told us that they were happy with the service provided. Patients told us they were very satisfied with the practice. They said they never had to wait long for appointments, and in an emergency they had always been seen on the same day. One person said 'All the family use the service and are very happy'. Another person said 'I have been cared for so well, I am very satisfied'. Patients said their treatment plans were always explained and discussed with them, including choices about treatment and costs. Patients said that the practice was always clean, and all the staff were friendly and welcoming.

We found that there were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. We found that patients who used the service understood the care and treatment choices available to them and were protected from the risk of abuse.