Welcome to The Gateway Dental Practice
Covid 19 Update
Following Welsh Government advice, dentistry is now in the Amber phase. In this phase, we will be able to provide more care and treatment for patients.
The Gateway Dental practice Abergavenny is a NHS dental practice
Specialising in the care of patients with dental phobias. The practice was founded in 2007 by Dr Michael Allen who using experience gained in his previous Cardiff practice, refurbished this listed building to fit the needs of a busy NHS dental practice.
In 2016 the practice became a co-operative with five directors at the helm with the intention for all employees to share the benefits of the business.
We are the first business of this kind in welsh dentistry. Our business structure is very similar to that of John Lewis.
The director’s team is made up of two dentists (George Warmisham & Hannah Hutchison), one therapist and two dental nurses (Stacey Richards & Stephanie Brooks) who manage an enthusiastic dental team.
We have a varied skill mix at the practice and endeavour to use them in the best interest of our patient’s health and well-being. We encourage all employees to continue their professional development so that we are able to maintain a high standard of care.
We are patiently waiting for contract reform within the NHS and are hopeful that the potential changes that have been discussed will enable the practice to offer more preventative healthcare to a larger patient range.
Since 2007 we continuously took on new patients until May 2017, as we no longer have the capacity to accept new patients. Due to the high demand of NHS dental services we have a strict policy regarding failing to attend appointments without notice. Details of this policy and others can be found on our practice notice board and on the policies section of this website.
We offer a sedation service here at the practice for people who are dental phobic, we also accept referrals from other dental practices. We are highly skilled in caring for patients who are phobic and along with our principal dentist and seditionist George Warmisham we have sedation qualified nurses. All our team are familiar with dealing with anxious patients and will do their best to help and find ways to make treatment and regular examinations easier for you. If this service is something you are interested in please speak directly to your dentist.
We have a small list of private procedures that we carry out but are only available to our patients who are registered with us. Your dentist will be able to discuss our private treatment and the associated costs with you.
Am I entitled to Free NHS dental treatment? You may be entitled to free NHS dental services because on the first day of treatment you were, under the age of 18, 18 years old and in full time education, are pregnant, had a baby within the last 12 months or are currently in prison or a young offender’s institute. You may be entitled to free NHS dental services because during the course of treatment if you get, or are included in an award (as a claimant, partner, or dependant person under 20) of: Income support (incapacity benefit and Disability Living Allowance does NOT count, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (contribution-based does NOT count), Income-related Employment & Support allowance (contribution-related does NOT count), Pension credit Guarantee Credit (Savings Credit on its own does NOT count), Universal Credit (in the last assessment period there were no earnings, or earnings were within the allowed limit). You are entitled to free NHS dental services because you are named on one of the following certificates that is valid during the course of treatment: HC2 Certificate, NHS Tax Exemption Certificate/Card (or entitled to one). You are entitled to reduced cost NHS dental services because: You are named on a HC3 certificate that is valid during this course of treatment which limits the amount you have to pay. You do not have to pay for an examination as you are under 25 years of age or 60 years old or over.
It is the responsibility of the patient and not the practice to sign for the right entitlement. Checks on claims are undertaken to confirm you are entitled by the business service authority (BSA). Incorrect claims for free or reduced cost NHS dental services will result in a penalty charge, in addition to the cost of the NHS dental services.
Contact us any suitable way and make an appointment with the dentist whose help you need! Visit us at the scheduled time and get your treatment.
Meet the Team
Hannah has been with the practice since it opened in 2007, she is responsible for domiciliary care at the practice. Hannah is a company director.
George started working at the practice in 2016 and is the principal dentist and the sedation dentist at the practice. George is a company director.
James joined the practice in 2019 and has had many years’ experience working for busy NHS practices.
Hannah has been with the practice since it opened in 2007, she is a qualified sedation nurse and offers Botox in her own time.
Kath started working with us in 2016 and has worked with the community dental service as part of their ‘Design to Smile’ programme for many years. She’ll be carrying out inhalation sedation as part of contract reform.
Rachel carries out the whitening at the practice and started here in 2016. Rachel is a company director.
Stacey has worked at the practice since it opened in 2007 she is our Oral Health Educator and sedation nurse. Stacey is qualified to take impressions and apply fluoride varnish, she’s also one of the company directors.
Stephanie has worked at the practice since 2011 she is a sedation nurse and a dental radiography operator, she is also one of the company directors.
Stacey has worked at the practice since 2012 and is qualified in special care dentistry.
Sally has worked at the practice since 2016 and is qualified to apply fluoride varnish.
Laura has been with the practice since 2010 and is a qualified dental nurse who is mainly on reception.
Emma has been with the practice since 2008 and is also a qualified dental nurse who mainly works on reception.
Jean has worked at the practice since 2018 and only works on reception.