Dr M Hanekom B.Sc., B.Ch.D. (Stell)

Principal Dentist - GDC no. 71211

Dentist Dr Melt Hanekom

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Since graduating I have been in full time employment, as a general dental practitioner in the UK. I've lived and worked in North London, Norwich, Sheringham and the Falkland Islands.

In 2008 we came across Southwoods Dental Practice. A very fortunate event that lead us to move to and settle down in Somerset. We haven't looked back since and hope to serve the local community for many more years to come.

Jane Wicks

Dental Hygienist - GDC no. 2920

Jane qualified as a Dental Hygienist at University College,London in 1985. She has worked at Southwoods Dental Practice as well as Wincanton for the last 25 years.

Leeanne Baxandall

Dental Nurse - GDC no. 266112

Leeanne joined Southwoods in January 2015 and qualified in June 2016 as a Dental Nurse through Learn Direct, after many years of being a hairdresser.

Angela Macfarlane


I joined the team at Southwoods Dental in June 2022 as the Receptionist, I am really enjoying getting to know all of our patients. My previous experience in dentistry was as a Qualified Dental Nurse working many years in general practice, also NHS Maxillofacial unit in Oral Surgery.

I have Level 4 Health Care Studies and Level 3 Health Trainer and previously worked in NHS Health Promotion.

I endeavour to make every contact a positive one and pride myself on the level of attention and communication I offer to our patients. I find it very rewarding seeing our patients happy and pleased with the help they have received.


Dental Bridges

A way to replace missing teeth



Patient Charter

Our Patient Charter is a statement of how our Dental Practice operates and the standards of care that we apply to all our patients. It defines our responsibilities and the high standards we strive to maintain and improve upon. However, to maintain these standards also requires your co-operation and the Charter therefore also defines your responsibilities to us as a patient.

Our responsibilities

  • To listen to your dental problems and to give you an explanation of treatment and solution to your problem that you can understand.
  • To give you a clear and written estimate of your treatment.
  • To respect your dignity and the choices you make.
  • To protect the confidentiality of any information you provide.
  • To co-operate with other members of our dental team and other health care colleagues so as to act in your best interest.
  • To follow the latest cross-infection guidelines ensuring your safety is of prime concern.
  • To keep up to date with the latest technologies and treatments available.
  • To do all we can to keep to appointment times as we understand your time is precious.

Your responsibilities

  • To respect our appointment times and let us know as soon as possible if you cannot make an appointment in order that it may be given to someone else.
  • To pay for treatment at the end of each visit as requested.
  • To follow any advice we may give you after treatment.
  • To respect our dental team and reception staff as we respect you as a patient.

Failure to attend (FTAs)

Should the patient fail to attend two appointments, or fail to give more than 24 hours notice of cancellation (unless the patient can demonstrate an acceptable reason for the cancellation) on two occasions, a FTA fee shall be charged. Surgery time is very valuable and we ask patients to allow the appointment to be offered to another patient by giving us sufficient notice.


We treat all complaints in confidence and see them as an opportunity to improve our service. Please ask for the manager or express your concerns in writing by either post or using our in-house Suggestion Box.

We hope that you will use our Practice Complaints Procedure. We believe this will provide the best chance of putting right whatever has gone wrong and an opportunity to improve our practice. But this does not affect your right to approach the local PCT, if you feel that you are dissatisfied with the result of our investigation.

Violent or Abusive Behaviour

Any violent or abusive behaviour will result in immediate withdrawal from practice.