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Referring dentists

Principal dentist Rob Nichols is committed to providing an effective, reliable referral service for dental colleagues. Since starting the service in 2009, he regularly works with over 70 dentists each year, collaborating closely with them for the benefit of their patients. His preference is to preserve natural teeth wherever possible.

We offer a referral service to dentists covering:



Complex restorative care

CBCT scans

Cottingham Dental Practice's Referral Charter

  • We will always return the patient to the referring dentist
  • We aim to contact patients within two working days
  • We will always produce a treatment plan and send this to the patient within ten working days
  • We will return patients' and dentists' calls within 24 hours if they have any queries
  • The patient will receive a fully itemised invoice and all costs will be agreed and discussed before treatment
  • We will always provide recommendations for further care
  • We will only carry out treatment in accordance with instructions from the referring dentist
  • No further treatment will be carried out without authorisation from the referring dentist
We welcome visits by colleagues to see our facilities and meet our staff.

Referral service fees

Initial consultation £116.00

We provide each referral patient with a detailed fee estimate after the initial consultation appointment.

CBCT/OPG/Intraoral scans

To aid accurate diagnosis and treatment planning, we have invested in a 3D CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) dental scanner (Carestream 8100 3D). We welcome referrals on a ‘scan only’ basis from dental colleagues who would like their patients to undergo a dental CBCT/OPG scan. We ask that referrers confirm that they are trained to request and report on their patient’s scan.

Please use the CBCT referral form.

"Rob's skills combined with his professional approach to deal with every patient is greatly appreciated. As a referral partner, I feel confident to approach Rob if I have to discuss any treatment or for advice. My patients have been happy as well."
Dr Manu Singal
"Cottingham Dental Practice is a great referral partner, with excellent treatment provision, state-of-the-art modern equipment and superb support for the referring GDP."
Dr Sally Alwan
"I am confident to refer to Rob and his team at Cottingham Dental Practice for all my endodontic referrals. The team is approachable, professional and efficient. I know that my patients will be seen quickly. The procedures are explained simply, and the prognosis and feasibility of the treatment are always discussed. Rob is very straight with my patients. He keeps me informed and is always at the end of a phone should I have any problems or queries. The clinical work is always excellent."
Dr Paula Burke
"We use Rob as a 'safe pair of hands' and we know he'll return the patient in a better state than when we referred them! I have found him to be very moral in his treatment planning and he will always try to do what is in the patient's best interest."
Dr Mark Chrimes
"I have been using Cottingham Dental Practice for many years for the more advanced and challenging endodontic cases. The referral service is first class and the feedback from my patients has been very positive. Patients are seen promptly and, from a clinician's point of view, the treatment provided is transparent, well explained and we are kept informed throughout. I would highly recommend this practice."
Dr Chris Challans
"We are very happy with the rapid, courteous service we receive from Rob and his team. His expertise is invaluable when I've run out of diagnostic and treatment options and his knowledge is excellent. I don't know what we'd do without him!"
Dr Greg Miller
"I refer patients to Rob because I know that he will not only provide a first-class clinical service but also be honest from the start about what can be realistically achieved. If it is not a sensible, long-term option, he will advise the patient accordingly."
Dr Colin Langley
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