Introduction
Within Australia, the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (ACHR) applies to the entire healthcare system, and it allows patients, consumers, families, carers and healthcare providers to have a common understanding of the rights of people receiving healthcare. The rights included in the ACHR relate to access, safety, respect, communication, participation, privacy and comment.

Blakehurst Dental’s Patient Rights Policy
Blakehurst Dental has developed the following charter of patient rights consistent with the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights.

Blakehurst Dental’s Charter of Patient Rights
Appointments
Blakehurst Dental aims to provide patients with appointments to meet their treatment needs. It is requested patients make an agreed appointment time/date to assist the scheduling process, notifying the practice where this appointment cannot be met. To assist you in providing us with this information we contact patients by according to your own choice either by:

Telephone call reminder
SMS reminder
Email reminder
The cancellation policy of Blakehurst Dental requires 24 hours’ notice for cancellation of an appointment. Should the patient cancel without the required notice period, it is at the Principal Dentists’ discretion as to whether a cancellation fee is to be charged, and if so, what this amount may be.

In the event we are unable to accommodate a patient’s request for an appointment at a specific time/date, consultation with the treating dental practitioner will be sought. Should a patient fail to attend 3 scheduled appointments without notice Blakehurst Dental reserves the right to refuse further treatment.