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Perfect Smile Spa - Dental Practice

Reports


Inspection carried out on 28 January 2020

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 28 January 2020 under section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. We planned the inspection to check whether the registered provider was meeting the legal requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated regulations. The inspection was led by a Care Quality Commission, (CQC), inspector who was supported by a specialist dental adviser.

To get to the heart of patients’ experiences of care and treatment, we always ask the following five questions:

• Is it safe?

• Is it effective?

• Is it caring?

• Is it responsive to people’s needs?

• Is it well-led?

These questions form the framework for the areas we look at during the inspection.

Our findings were:

Are services safe?

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

Are services effective?

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

Are services caring?

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

Are services responsive?

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

Are services well-led?

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

Background

Perfect Smile Spa - Dental Practice is in Hornchurch in the London Borough of Havering and provides private dental care and treatment for adults.

The dental team includes the principal dentist and two associate dentists who provided dental implants and endodontic treatments, two dental nurses, one trainee dental nurse and two dental hygienists. The clinical team were assisted by an assistant practice manager / treatment coordinator and an administrative assistant. The practice has five treatment rooms.

The practice is owned by an individual who is the principal dentist there. They have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated regulations about how the practice is run.

On the day of inspection, we collected 41 CQC comment cards filled in by patients.

During the inspection we spoke with the principal dentist, two dental nurses, one dental hygienist, the assistant practice manager and the administrative assistant. We looked at practice policies and procedures and other records about how the service is managed.

The practice is open between:

9am and 6pm Monday to Friday

Late opening until 8pm is available one Thursday a month

The practice opens between 9am and 2pm one Saturday a month

Our key findings were:

  • The practice appeared to be visibly clean and well-maintained.
  • The provider had infection control procedures which reflected published guidance.
  • Staff knew how to deal with emergencies. Appropriate medicines and life-saving equipment were available.
  • The provider had systems to help them manage risk to patients and staff.
  • The provider had safeguarding processes and staff knew their responsibilities for safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.
  • The provider had staff recruitment procedures which reflected current legislation.
  • The clinical staff provided patients’ care and treatment in line with current guidelines.
  • Staff treated patients with dignity and respect and took care to protect their privacy and personal information.
  • Staff provided preventive care and supported patients to ensure better oral health.
  • The appointment system took account of patients’ needs.
  • The provider had effective leadership and a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Staff felt involved and supported and worked as a team.
  • The provider asked staff and patients for feedback about the services they provided.
  • The provider dealt with complaints positively and efficiently.
  • The provider had information governance arrangements.

Inspection carried out on 20 December 2012

During a routine inspection

We found that Perfect Smile Spa - Dental Practice met all the outcomes that we inspected. Appropriate systems were in place to carry out detailed assesments in order to involve patients in their care and treatment. Suitable arrangements were in place to manage infection control to ensure that patients, staff and visitors were safe when they visited the surgery.

There were quality monitoring systems in place which ensured that standards were maintained for staff, visitors and patient safety. People told us that they were happy with the service provided at Perfect Smile Spa - Dental Practice. They said they were given adequate information about their treatment options and any relevant costs.

People also told us that they were given sufficient time to ask questions. They said the staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and that they were treated with respect. They said that the surgery was always clean and one person who used the practice for over 10 years told us "They are brilliant here, how you found it today is how it is everyday." Everyone we spoke with echoed the same sentiment. They also told us that they brought their family members to the practice because of its high standards.