Alpha Dental steps in to help patients affected by mydentist closures in Richmondshire
Alpha Dental has stepped in to help patients affected by the upcoming closures of mydentist practices in Catterick and Richmond.
Alpha Dental is currently working with NHS England to discuss the provision of additional NHS services for patients who are currently registered with mydentist. The chain has practices in Catterick and Northallerton.
Ian Gordon, director of Alpha Dental, confirmed that the chain would be providing additional services to help patients in the run-up to the planned closures of the Catterick and Richmond mydentist surgeries. As well as helping out in the short-term, the firm is also hoping to recruit additional dentists for both its Catterick and Northallerton surgeries in a bid to increase capacity from April.
Mr Gordon confirmed that NHS England is making additional funding available for Alpha Dental to offer NHS services over the next 12 months and said that the recruitment process will start now. There have been difficulties finding NHS staff across the country, but Mr Gordon vowed to do everything to have new dentists in place to ensure patients have access to local NHS services and the chain is considering working with agencies. It is believed that the contract will be put out for tender again in 12 months’ time.
News of the arrangement will be welcomed by thousands of local dental patients, many of whom were anxious to hear of the unexpected closure of mydentist’s Richmondshire surgeries.
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