Other NHS Services & Private Care

NHS Dentist

Smile! There are NHS dental places available

   Finding an NHS dentist near you couldn’t be easier. Simply

In the next year, NHS Worcestershire will invest nearly £4 million in NHS dental services. This means that there will be an extra 51,000 NHS dental places available throughout the county just waiting to be taken up by you and your family. This is in addition to NHS dental places already available. Our aim is to make sure as many Worcestershire residents as possible can access an NHS dental appointment.

You can also find up to date detailed information on local Dental Services, including locations and opening hours, at www.nhs.uk

As well as connecting you to a range of local NHS services, it provides national information about the NHS – what it does, how it works and how to use it.

What it costs

If you normally pay for NHS dental treatment, there are three standard charges. The amount you pay will depend on the level of treatment that you need.

  • Band 1: £20.60. This charge includes an examination, diagnosis and preventive advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, scale and polish and planning for further treatment.
  • Band 2: £56.30. This charge includes all the necessary treatment covered by the £20.60 charge, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment or extractions.
  • Band 3: £244.30. This charge includes all the necessary treatment that is covered by the £20.60 and £56.30 charges, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.

For more details of NHS dental charges see the dental charges

Dental Access Centres

If you need emergency dental treatment but are not registered with an NHS dentist, you can visit one of our five Dental Access Centres across the county:

  • Kidderminster Dental Access Centre – Kidderminster Health Centre, Bromsgrove Street, Kidderminster, Worcs, DY10 1PG – 01562 514515
  • Tenbury Dental Access Centre – Worcester Road, Burford, Tenbury, WR15 8AP – 01584 819886

Local NHS Dentists


100 Stourport Road
DY11 7BO
01562 510200

Sutton Park Dental Centre
43 Sutton Park Road
01562 744840


Anne Davey Dental Practice
26 Mitton Gardens
DY13 9AE
01299 879886

Arrowsmith Dental Practice
110 Bewdley Road
01299 826073


Oasis Dental Care
5 St Marys Street
01905 22180

Ombersley Road Dental Practice
127 Ombersley Road
01905 457801

The Beeches Dental Centre
2 Beech Avenue
01905 756256

Gentle Dental Practice
26 London Road
01905 354258

Primecare Dental Practice
41 Gresham Road
01905 426311

Primecare Dental Practice (New)
11 Malvern Road
St Johns
0330 123 9126

Epworth House
15 Shrubbery Avenue
01905 23808

Droitwich Spa

Gentle Dental Practice
62 Friar Street
Droitwich Spa
01905 799547

Worcester Road Dental Practice
91 Worcester Road
Droitwich Spa
01905 796331


Gentle Dental Practice
47 Port Street
WR11 3AE
01386 761909

High Street Dental Practice
102 High Street
WR11 4EU
01386 41569


Richmond Dental Practice
12 Richmond Road
Malvern Link
WR14 1NE
01684 561249

Malverns Springs Practice
58 Spring Lane
Malvern Link
WR14 1AJ
01684 567111

Birmingham Outskirts

Rubbery Dental Centre
119 New Road
B45 9JR
0121 4579091

Eachway Dental Practice
14 EachWay
B45 9DQ
0121 543 2793

111 Hewell Road
Barnt Green
B45 8NW
0121 445 1515

Tenbury Wells

The Cottage Dental Surgery
51 Teme Street
Tenbury Wells
WR15 8AE
01584 811311


Catshill Dental Surgery
119 Golden Cross Lane
B61 0LA
01527 876003

Trinity Dental Practice
5 Trinity Court
Stoke Road
Aston Fields
B60 3EQ
01527 575884

New Road Dental Practice
48 New Road
B60 2LA
01527 872528


Webheath Dental Practice
11 Tynsall Avenue
B97 5SF
01527 544999

Church Hill Dental Practice
Loxley Close
Church Hill
B98 9JG
01527 63050

Kingfisher Dental Surgery
272 Evesham Road
Headless Cross
B98 4BG
01527 550995

Archer Road Dental Practice
107 Archer Road
Redditch B98 8DJ
01527 64727

Oasis Dental Care
53 Bromsgrove Road
B97 4RH

Crabbs Cross Dental Surgery
Evesham Road
B97 5JB
01527 402440

Red House Dental Clinic
Prospect Hill
B97 4BG


Oasis Dental Care
133 High Street
01386 554121

Upton Upon Severn

Upton Dental Practice
Tunnel Hill
Upton Upon Severn
01684 592954

Private Fees – Your Questions Answered.

Why do GP’s charge Fees?

Your questions answered.

Isn’t the NHS supposed to be free?
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions. Prescription charges have existed since 1951, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged.  Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example, dental fees.  In other cases it is because the service is not covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies, claim forms for referral for private care and other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient’s medical records.

Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS, they are self employed, and they have to cover their costs – staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc – in the same way as any small business.  The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor’s costs.

What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients.  In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work.  Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are:
Certain travel vaccinations
Private medical insurance reports
Holiday cancellation claim forms
Referral for private care forms
Letters requested by, or on behalf of, the patient

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:
Medical reports for an insurance company

Some reports for the DWP/Benefits Agency
Examinations of local authority employees

Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients.  Most GPs have a very heavy workload-the majority of GPs work up to 70 hours a week and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.

I only need the doctor’s signature-what is the problem
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true.  Therefore, in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor needs to check the patient’s entire medical record.  Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.

What will I be charged?
The BMA (The British Medical Association) recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and how much.  It is up to the individual practice to decide how much to charge, but the BMA produces lists of suggested fees for the Doctors to use as a guideline.

Do not expect your GP to process forms overnight, urgent requests may mean that a doctor has to make special arrangements to process the form quickly, and this will cost more.

For more information about our private fees – please contact our Reception team

Private Healthcare Guidelines

Bewdley Medical Centre Policy For Patients Who Want To Make Use Of Private Medical Services

(This document describes the policy of the practice in respect of private and NHS healthcare and the use of resources in these sectors)

The NHS has limited resources. We have a responsibility to ensure, as far as is possible, that those resources are fairly and sensibly distributed for the benefit of all our patients.

Bewdley Medical Centre has no private patients of its own so all patients are cared for under the auspices of the NHS. We clearly recognise however that a significant number of patients have private medical insurance or wish to purchase private health care. We do not differentiate between patients who need care from either the private or NHS sector.

We do however believe that patients need to receive health care for a specific problem from either the private sector or from the NHS – not both. Patients who have opted for care under one or other system can decide to change midway through a particular problem, but need to change all their care for that problem. This does not mean a change of GP but does mean that any related investigations, hospital appointments and treatments will be the responsibility of the new health care provider. Additionally we will not support requests from private health care providers to augment the patient’s care by use of scarce NHS resources. 

Some patients who make use of private medical services for hospital care might argue that they are saving money for the NHS overall and therefore asking for some NHS support is only fair. Unfortunately NHS finance is related to the whole population with fixed annual limits on that expenditure and not related to an individual’s health costs; as a consequence expenditure for the NHS is increased, if over and above the planned-for provision, it has to supplement private health care provision.

Many patients need drug treatments advised by hospital specialists. The NHS makes an exception about drugs advised by the private health care system in that patients are entitled to have their medication needs met by the NHS provided that the drugs advised meet the following criteria;

  1. The advised drugs are consistent with usual GP prescribing and levels of clinical responsibility
  2. The advised drugs are consistent with the practice formulary and local NHS prescribing policies
  3. The advised drugs are consistent with the clinical needs of the patient as assessed by the GP
  4. That the GP is given sufficient timely information to make a clinical judgment to allow full prescribing responsibility
  5. Prescribing when undertaken will usually be on a generic basis
  6. That any routine monitoring that is required is undertaken by the private health care system

The following scenarios demonstrate our principles

  •  A patient has a first epileptic fit and needs to be seen by a Consultant Neurologist as an outpatient. The patient says that they would like to do this privately. The GP makes an appropriate referral. The patient sees the consultant who advises a number of investigations including an MRI scan that will be very expensive. The patient is not privately insured and decides that they would like to have the MRI done on the NHS. After discussing this with their GP the patient is referred on the NHS to the same consultant who arranges to put the patient on the appropriate part of the waiting list. The patient waits (alongside other NHS patients), has their scan and is followed up under the NHS at the hospital out-patient clinic.
  • A patient is seen by a consultant privately for a medical problem. The consultant advises the patient that he would like a number of investigations performed which he will write to their GP about to arrange and will see the patient privately after these have been done. The patient rings their GP who explains that using NHS resources to support private medicine is inappropriate and unfair on other patients waiting. The patient agrees to continue with private health care and the consultant arranges the investigations and continued follow-up privately.
  • A patient is seen on the NHS and joins a waiting list for a joint replacement. The patient decides that they would like to see the consultant privately to discuss paying entirely for the procedure. After discussion with their GP, the patient removes their name from the NHS waiting list and arranges an admission date for the operation as a private patient. Follow-up outpatient care is at the local private hospital.
  • A patient sees a consultant privately who decides that they need an operation. The operation proceeds but on discharge the patient is advised that they need specific physiotherapy to aid recovery and they should approach their GP ‘who will arrange this.’ The patient approaches their GP when they get home. The GP advises that this care is really part of the package for recovery from the operation and that this should be arranged privately and not by re-directing already hard-pressed NHS resources. The patient is advised that that they can either be referred to a local private physiotherapy clinic or that the consultant surgeon should arrange this for the patient (which is what ultimately happens).
  • A patient sees an oncologist (cancer specialist) privately who advises a specific drug to control blood pressure, and additionally an anti-cancer drug for the patient to take following in-patient care. The patient returns to see their GP for a prescription. The blood pressure drug is a member of a straightforward group of drugs well used in general practice and the patient is prescribed the practice formulary equivalent which satisfactorily controls their blood pressure. The anti-cancer drug is well outside the scope of usual GP prescribing and is usually prescribed to NHS patients when they attend out-patient clinics by the oncologist in charge. The private oncologist is faxed immediately and the practice policy is explained; arrangements are made for the patient to receive a private prescription and the patient (or their insurance company) has to pay for the cost of the drug themselves. Given this expense, the patient ultimately opts for transfer to the local NHS provider and the anti-cancer drugs are prescribed in out-patients.
Your Local CCG

The area served by Bewdley Medical Centre is in the district covered by Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Wyre Forest CCG (formerly Worcestershire PCT) is responsible for ensuring you get all the services you need.  

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are groups of GPs that are responsible for designing local health services In England. CCGs work with patients and healthcare professionals in partnership with local communities and local authorities. On the governing body CCGs have, in addition to GPs, a least one registered nurse and two lay members. CCGs have boundaries that will not normally cross those of local authorities. They are responsible for arranging emergency and urgent care services within their boundaries, and for commissioning services for any unregistered patients who live in their area. All GP practices belong to a Clinical Commissioning Group. Some of the services which CCGs commission include: elective hospital care, Rehabilitation care, Urgent and emergency care, Most community health service and Mental health and learning disability services

For details of all primary care services in the area, look at https://herefordshireandworcestershireccg.nhs.uk or get the information you need at www.nhs.uk

The CCG can be contacted on the below addresses

Head Office,
The Coach House,
John Comyn Drive,