Good news for patients in Rutland, as NHS invests £6 million in dental services

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There’s good news on the horizon for patients in Rutland and other parts of Leicestershire, as the NHS has confirmed an additional annual investment of £6.3 million for local dental services.

NHS England Central Midlands has confirmed that seven contracts have been awarded to providers in the region, equating to additional investment of more than £6 million per year.

The new contracts will facilitate the opening of five new dental clinics in the area plus extended opening hours at existing practices. The contracts will run for a period of 10 years, creating an additional funding pot of more than £63 million.

The new contract will come into play on December 1st 2017 and includes provision for five new practices, which will operate from 8am until 8pm on weekdays under the management of JDRM Dental Care. These new services will replace the out of hours’ service run in Leicester by the Dental Access Centre. It has been confirmed that new surgeries will be opening in both Oakham and Melton Mowbray, and further details of additional locations will be announced in the forthcoming months. The new contract also includes provision for special care dentistry.

Head of primary care for NHS England in Leicestershire and Rutland, Di Pegg, said that new contracts have been developed based on areas of need and represent efforts to improve access to dental services across the region in the coming years.

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