Our Treatment Policies & Charter on Patient Safety


We are proud to say that we rarely have to refer our patients elsewhere for treatment.  All aspects of dental treatment are provided for at IGDP.  Our team work hard to stay abreast with new developments and treatment options to ensure we offer our patients the best options.  We lead, where others follow.

We understand that some patients find the thought of dental treatment daunting. We offer conscious sedation to these patient as a possible option to overcome their fears and to make it a bit easier to have treatment. Discuss your concerns with your dentist. We will work together to make your visits at IGDP a much more pleasant experience.

  • All our fillings are done with the very best of materials and contain no metals (or mercury)

  • We use digital x-ray processes to dramatically reduce your exposure to radiation.

  • We adhere firmly to the guidelines of the CQC, the GDC and on all aspects, including record keeping, disinfection and sterilisation.

  • We ensure that all of our treatments are evidence based and follow NICE intervention procedure guidance.

  • We have a policy of minimum intervention, this means we do the least treatment possible to achieve the best results for our patients.

Our practice has a safety culture which means that patient safety is at the forefront of everyone’s minds not only when delivering healthcare but also when setting objectives, developing procedures, purchasing new products and equipment. It is also a culture that is open and fair, where team members can discuss the challenges they face at work for the best interests of our patients.  For patient safety we:

  • Follow the latest infection prevention guidelines including those from NHS England

  • Use dental instruments that are single use, or are sterilised after each patient use

  • Decontaminate work areas including the dental chair, hand held equipment and cupboard handles, in between patients

  • Maintain a high standard of personal hygiene including clinical clothing and the restricted wear of jewelry

  • Monitor practice water for quality.  Dental unit waterlines are disinfected and kept clear

  • Handle waste according to current regulations and dispose of it with appropriate carriers

  • Take expert advice if a team member may have a blood borne infection.  The team member will have an occupational health examination and follow professional advice on their role in treating patients

All our team member are trained in safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and follow the practice safeguarding procedures, which are regularly monitored and reviewed.

For continual improvements in care, service and safety to our patients we operate a good governance system called iComply. 

Dr Stephan J van Vuuren

IGDP Principle Dentist

As the Practice Owner I have the overall responsibility at the practice. I lead and support the team through regular meetings, staff training, personal development and regular appraisals, with the help of Mrs. Pinar Mac Sweeney.

We always welcome your questions, comments and suggestions.

Please contact me if we can help you in any way or if you have any questions about patient safety at the practice.


Terms and Conditions

(a) are subject to the preceding paragraph; and

(b) govern all liabilities arising under the terms and conditions or in relation to the subject matter of the terms and conditions, including liabilities arising in contract, in tort (including negligence) and for breach of statutory duty. To the extent that the website and the information and services on the website are provided free-of-charge, we will not be liable for any loss or damage of any nature. We will not be liable to you in respect of any losses arising out of any event or events beyond our reasonable control. We will not be liable to you in respect of any business losses, including (without limitation) loss of or damage to profits, income, revenue, use, production, anticipated savings, business, contracts, commercial opportunities or goodwill. We will not be liable to you in respect of any loss or corruption of any data, database or software. We will not be liable to you in respect of any special, indirect or consequential loss or damage.

(8) Indemnity You hereby indemnify us and undertake to keep us indemnified against any losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including without limitation legal expenses and any amounts paid by us to a third party in settlement of a claim or dispute on the advice of our legal advisers) incurred or suffered by us arising out of any breach by you of any provision of these terms and conditions, or arising out of any claim that you have breached any provision of these terms and conditions.

(9) Breaches of these terms and conditions Without prejudice to our other rights under these terms and conditions, if you breach these terms and conditions in any way, we may take such action as we deem appropriate to deal with the breach, including suspending your access to the website, prohibiting you from accessing the website, blocking computers using your IP address from accessing the website, contacting your internet service provider to request that they block your access to the website and/or bringing court proceedings against you.

(10) Variation We may revise these terms and conditions from time-to-time. Revised terms and conditions will apply to the use of our website from the date of the publication of the revised terms and conditions on our website. Please check this page regularly to ensure you are familiar with the current version.

(11) Assignment We may transfer, sub-contract or otherwise deal with our rights and/or obligations under these terms and conditions without notifying you or obtaining your consent. You may not transfer, sub-contract or otherwise deal with your rights and/or obligations under these terms and conditions.

(12) Severability If a provision of these terms and conditions is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other provisions will continue in effect. If any unlawful and/or unenforceable provision would be lawful or enforceable if part of it were deleted, that part will be deemed to be deleted, and the rest of the provision will continue in effect.

(13) Exclusion of third party rights These terms and conditions are for the benefit of you and us, and are not intended to benefit any third party or be enforceable by any third party. The exercise of our and your rights in relation to these terms and conditions is not subject to the consent of any third party.

(14) Entire agreement These terms and conditions , together with our privacy policy (Data Protection Policy), constitute the entire agreement between you and us in relation to your use of our website, and supersede all previous agreements in respect of your use of this website.

(15) Law and jurisdiction These terms and conditions will be governed by and construed in accordance with English law, and any disputes relating to these terms and conditions will be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

(16) Registrations and authorisations The General Dental Council regulates dental professionals in the UK: http://www.gdc-uk.org The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England: http://www.cqc.org.uk/

(17) Our details The full name of our company is IGDP Limited. We are registered in England under registration number 05893145. Our registered address is 66 Upper Street, London N1 0NY. You can contact us by email: info@igdp.co.uk.

(1) Introduction

These terms and conditions govern your use of our website; by using our website, you accept these terms and conditions in full. If you disagree with these terms and conditions or any part of these terms and conditions, you must not use our website.

(2) These terms and conditions were made using an SEQ Legal precedent created for http://www.template-contracts.co.uk and available on http://www.website-law.co.uk.

(3) Licence to use website Unless otherwise stated, we, or our licensors, own the intellectual property rights in the website and material on the website. Subject to the licence below, all these intellectual property rights are reserved. You may view, download for caching purposes only, and print pages from the website for your own personal use, subject to the restrictions set out below and elsewhere in these terms and conditions. You must not:

(a) republish material from this website (including republication on another website);

(b) sell, rent or sub-license material from the website;

(c) show any material from the website in public;

(d) reproduce, duplicate, copy or otherwise exploit material on our website for a commercial purpose;

(e) edit or otherwise modify any material on the website; or

(f) redistribute material from this website, except for content specifically and expressly made available for redistribution (such as our newsletter).

(4) Acceptable use You must not use our website in any way that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the availability or accessibility of the website; or in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity. You must not use our website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other malicious computer software. You must not conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities (including without limitation scraping, data mining, data extraction and data harvesting) on or in relation to our website without our express written consent. You must not use our website to transmit or send unsolicited commercial communications. You must not use our website for any purposes related to marketing without our express written consent.

(5) Restricted access We reserve the right to restrict access to areas of our website, or indeed our whole website, at our discretion. If we provide you with a user ID and password to enable you to access restricted areas of our website or other content or services, you must ensure that that user ID and password is kept confidential. We may disable your user ID and password in our sole discretion without notice or explanation.

(6) Limited warranties We do not warrant the completeness or accuracy of the information published on this website; nor do we commit to ensuring that the website remains available or that the material on the website is kept up-to-date. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law we exclude all representations, warranties and conditions relating to this website and the use of this website (including, without limitation, any warranties implied by law of satisfactory quality, fitness for purpose and/or the use of reasonable care and skill).

(7) Limitations and exclusions of liability Nothing in these terms and conditions will:

(a) limit or exclude our or your liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence;

(b) limit or exclude our or your liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;

(c) limit any of our or your liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law; or

(d) exclude any of our or your liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law. The limitations and exclusions of liability set out in this Section and elsewhere in these terms and conditions:


Privacy Notice

The practice aims to meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR], the guidelines on the Information Commissioner’s website as well as our professional guidelines and requirements.

The data controller is Dr Stephan van Vuuren, who is also the information Governance Lead.

This Privacy Notice is available on the practice website at www. https://www.igdp.co.uk by email if you contact info@igdp.co.uk

You will be asked to provide personal information when joining the practice. The purpose of us processing this data is to provide optimum health care to you.

The categories of data we process are:

  • Personal data for the purposes of staff and self-employed team member management

  • Personal data for the purposes of [direct mail/email/text/other] marketing

  • Special category data including health records for the purposes of the delivery of health care

  • Special category data including health records and details of criminal record checks for managing employees and contracted team members

We never pass your personal details to a third party unless we have a contract for them to process data on our behalf and will otherwise keep it confidential. If we intend to refer a patient to another practitioner or to secondary care such as a hospital we will gain the individual’s permission before the referral is made and the personal data is shared.

  • Personal data is stored in the EU whether in digital or hard copy format

  • Personal data is stored in the US in digital format when the data storage company is certified with the EU-US Privacy Shield

  • Personal data is obtained when a patient joins the practice, when a patient is referred to the practice and [when a patient subscribes to an email list

The lawful basis for processing special category data such as patients’ and employees’ health data is:

  • Processing is necessary for the purposes of preventative or occupational medicine, for assessing the working capacity of the employee, medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or management of health or social care systems and services on the basis of Union or Member State law or a contract with a health professional

The lawful basis of processing personal data such as name, address, email or phone number is:

  • Consent of the data subject

  • Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract

  • . The retention period for special data in patient records is a minimum of 10 years and may be longer for complex records in order to meet our legal requirements. The retention period for staff records is 6 years. The retention periods for other personal data is 2 years after it was last processed. Details of other retention periods are available in the Record Retention procedure available from the practice.

    You have the following personal data rights:

    • The right to be informed

    • The right of access

    • The right to rectification

    • The right to erasure (clinical records must be retained for a certain time period)

    • The right to restrict processing

    • The right to data portability

    • The right to object

    Further details of these rights can be seen in our Information Governance Procedures or at the Information Commissioner’s website. Here are some practical examples of your rights:

    • If you are a patient of the practice you have the right to withdraw consent for important notifications, newsletters, surveys or marketing. You can inform us to correct errors in your personal details or withdraw consent from communication methods such as telephone, email or text. You have the right to obtain a free copy of your patient records within one month.

    • If you are not a patient of the practice you have the right to withdraw consent for processing personal data, to have a free copy of it within one month, to correct errors in it or to ask us to delete it. You can also withdraw consent from communication methods such as telephone, email or text.

    We have carried out a Privacy Impact Assessment and you can request a copy from the details below. The details of how we ensure security of personal data is in our Security Risk Assessment and Information Governance Procedures.

    Comments, suggestions and complaints

    Please contact Dr Stephan Van Vuuren at the practice for a comment, suggestion or a complaint about your data processing at info@gdp.co.uk . We take complaints very seriously.

    If you are unhappy with our response or if you need any advice you should contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Their telephone number is 0303 123 1113, you can also chat online with an advisor. The ICO can investigate your claim and take action against anyone who’s misused personal data. You can also visit their website for information on how to make a data protection complaint.

    Related practice procedures

    You can also use these contact details to request copies of the following practice policies or procedures:

    • Data Protection and Information Security Policy, Consent Policy.

    • Privacy Impact Assessment, Information Governance Procedures