Bridlington dental clinic closes due to dentist shortage
A dental clinic in Bridlington has closed due to a shortage of dentists.
Bridlington Dental Care has officially shut for good, leaving hundreds of patients in the town without access to an NHS dentist. The Prospect Street surgery closed in June, and patients received a letter explaining that the cause was a shortage of dentists. In the letter, the owners of the clinic said that they had tried to recruit extra dentists over the course of the last two years, but there is a national shortage, which has made it very difficult to find new dentists. Research suggests that clinics in the region are finding is particularly challenging to cater for growing demand for dental services.
The letter thanked patients for their continued support over the years, and encouraged those looking for a new dentist to contact the clinic’s sister practice in Anlaby Road, Hull.
Despite the owners sending out news of the closure in the mail, not everyone has received the letter. Sal Cooke has been a patient at the surgery for almost 40 years and said she was completely unware of the news until she heard it from neighbours. She said that she has not received any mail or a phone call, and she had been expecting to attend an appointment in October.
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