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Do you get paid Time off work for dentist appointments

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lljkk Tue 16-Jul-19 22:13:13

Or do you have to take annual leave to see dentist.

AreWeAnywhereNear Fri 30-Aug-19 22:15:39

Private firm & I have to use my annual leave, I wouldn't mind but I'm in half an hour early every single day!

adaline Fri 30-Aug-19 20:23:48

Paid time off for appointments here - I'm in retail.

Megan2018 Thu 29-Aug-19 19:54:55

Paid time off for all medical and dental appointments here (university). We are asked to try and minimise time out of the office but it is recognised that this often isn’t possible. All appointment time is recorded though and if it was felt to be excessive then there would be an Occ Health referral.

ElinoristhenewEnid Thu 29-Aug-19 19:50:34

At a previous employment of mine there was the rule that if you were full time you could have paid time off for all medical appointments because you would be unable to book them outside working hours but if you were part time you either had to book an appointment on your day off or change your day off/shift worked/child care to accommodate the appointment.
This felt very unfair at times with part timers having to negotiate change of shifts/days so not being paid for any appointment times whilst full timers could just leave for their appointments knowing they were being paid for that time.
I think nowadays this may be illegal due to part time workers not being allowed to be treated less favourable than full timers.

ButterflyOne1 Thu 29-Aug-19 13:22:16

Any medical appointments are paid time off. They prefer it to be in the mornings/late afternoon so it doesn't disrupt the day too much.

Often I'll work from home on that day so I can just quickly pop out for my appointment.

WhosH00Wh0 Thu 29-Aug-19 13:14:36

No paid leave
Book annual leave or before or after work

notacooldad Wed 28-Aug-19 19:11:50

We are allowed to nip out for a check up.

Alarae Wed 28-Aug-19 19:10:17

Paid leave for medical and dental appointments, but they ask you to make these outside of business hours if you can.

User12563356 Wed 28-Aug-19 19:09:16

What about having a tooth out under sedation which you have to schedule in?

BrokenWing Thu 18-Jul-19 00:37:07

I can WFH so I can pop out for an appointment, but I work enough extra hours to cover it, so I guess it comes under TOIL

D0ckD0ck364 Thu 18-Jul-19 00:35:08

No had to book time off as holiday

icelollycraving Wed 17-Jul-19 17:50:02

No. All appointments to be arranged on my days off or annual leave.

daisypond Wed 17-Jul-19 17:40:37

No, not for a dentist, but we do for a doctor or hospital appointment.

Nautiloid Wed 17-Jul-19 17:37:50

We have to take annual leave or make time up for any health appointments.

Disfordarkchocolate Wed 17-Jul-19 17:36:19

Flexi for dentist and GP appointments, paid time off for hospital appointments. Even when I've not had flex I've always been allowed to make time up.

EBearhug Wed 17-Jul-19 17:32:54

Where possible, I make appointments first thing in the morning and make the time up. When I had a hospital appointment, which I had no choice over the timing of, I spoke to my manager, and that was it, he sorted it as medical leave.

lljkk Wed 17-Jul-19 05:50:06

Thanks. I also work in NHS & no flexi, either.
Broke a tooth last night. "Uncomfortable" rather than painful at moment.

Likely I'm looking at sometime next week at first date to get assessed, and maybe 2+ weeks after that before I can get an appointment for actual tooth repair that fits with all my other commitments. Baby food only for me?


Next yr, I'm weighing up whether to go back to my old job (flexi hrs & probably paid time for appointments). I suppose current tooth situation clarifies a lot about which job to have.

StumpyinSomerset Tue 16-Jul-19 23:42:23

No,we have to make appointments for our days off or get a colleague to swap shifts

newmumwithquestions Tue 16-Jul-19 23:37:35

I would and just make the time up. I work part time too but my days ‘off’ are with children so I can’t easily do appointments with them in tow.

I work more than my hours so I wouldn’t necessarily bother making my hours up immediately- it’ll happen naturally pretty quickly.

leghairdontcare Tue 16-Jul-19 23:37:04

Yes, paid time off for dentist & doctor appointments. Although, I understand this isn't applied fairly throughout my workplace so maybe my manager is just a pushover?

problem1234567 Tue 16-Jul-19 23:37:00

Yes, usually.
Depends how long it would take to travel to/from and how much waiting time is likely though.
Eg if out of the office for 60-90mins you can say 60mins of that is lunch break and just stay 30 mins late or start 30 mins earlier.
But they're not really that fussed as long as it's not all the time or out of the office for several hours.

BackforGood Tue 16-Jul-19 23:31:36

No, of course not. Presuming you mean routine checkups ?

In agony / unable to work - then yes.
Operation - yes

Planned appointment, then no.

Spam88 Tue 16-Jul-19 23:21:42

I work in the NHS - no paid time off for appointments.

Mumof1andacat Tue 16-Jul-19 23:19:49

We have to make the appointment in our own time or book annual leave

Whisky2014 Tue 16-Jul-19 23:11:43


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