• Dentist
  • Dentist

R M Whetstone

33 London Road, Old Harlow, Essex, CM17 0DA (01279) 442602

Provided and run by:
Mr Robert Whetstone

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Overall inspection

Updated 29 March 2023

We undertook a follow up focused inspection of R M Whetstone on 3 March 2023. This inspection was carried out to review the actions taken by the registered provider to improve the quality of care and to confirm that the practice was now meeting legal requirements.

The inspection was led by a CQC inspector who was supported by a specialist dental advisor.

We had previously undertaken a comprehensive inspection of R M Whetstone on 16 August 2022 under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. We found the registered provider was not providing well-led care and was in breach of regulation 17 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

You can read our report of that inspection by selecting the 'all reports' link for R M Whetstone dental practice on our website www.cqc.org.uk.

When 1 or more of the 5 questions are not met we require the service to make improvements and send us an action plan (requirement notice only). We then inspect again after a reasonable interval, focusing on the areas where improvement was required.

As part of this inspection we asked:

  • Is it well-led?

Our findings were:

Are services well-led?

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

The provider had made improvements in relation to the regulatory breaches we found at our inspection on 16 August 2022.


R M Whetstone is in Old Harlow, Essex and provides private dental care and treatment for adults and children.

There is level access to the practice for people who use wheelchairs and those with pushchairs. Car parking spaces, including dedicated parking for people with disabilities, are available near the practice. The practice has made reasonable adjustments to support patients with specific needs.

The dental team includes 1 dentist, 3 dental nurses, 1 dental therapist, 3 practice (administration) managers, 2 receptionists (administrators) and 3 visiting specialists. The practice has 2 treatment rooms.

During the inspection we spoke with 1 practice (administration) manager. We looked at practice policies, procedures and other records to assess how the service is managed.

The practice is open:

Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Friday from 8.30am to 4pm.