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The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2010

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Referral to another contractor or to a hospital or other service

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12.—(1) Where a patient requires particular care and treatment under a continuing care arrangement or a capitation arrangement and the contractor with whom the patient has made the arrangement cannot provide the necessary facilities, experience or expertise to provide that care and treatment, it shall, if the patient agrees, refer the patient in accordance with sub-paragraph (2) for the provision of that care and treatment by another contractor under general dental services or personal dental services or by a hospital or other service provided under Part III of the Act.

(2) In referring a patient under sub-paragraph (1) to another contractor or to a hospital or other service for that care and treatment, the contractor shall—

(a)give details of—

(i)the oral condition of the patient and the reason for the referral; and

(ii)if relevant to the referral, details of the care and treatment the contractor has provided or intends to provide in order to secure and maintain the patient’s oral health,

to that other contractor or, as the case may be, that hospital or other service, either at the time of referral or as soon as practicable afterwards;

(b)include with those details a statement of the amount paid to the contractor by the patient under the National Health Service (Dental Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2003(1) in respect of any care and treatment already provided in the course of the care and treatment during which the referral is made; and

(c)indicate in the claim for remuneration in respect of that course of care and treatment that the patient has been referred for the required care and treatment.

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