Hundreds of patients apply to register with Spalding’s new dental surgery

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Hundreds of people have applied to join the register at a new dental surgery in Spalding after it was revealed that the clinic, which is set to open in January, is now accepting new patients.

Around one thousand people have already contacted the practice, which is due to open its doors to patients for the first time in January 2019. Recently, patients who don’t currently have a dentist in the Spalding area were alerted to the opening of the new register at the Johnson Community Hospital clinic and encouraged to get in touch. The new Spalding practice is one of four clinics opening in the region as part of a £34 million investment in NHS dental services. All four will be managed by JDSP Dental.

Although news of the new clinics has been welcomed by local dental patients, some have received bad news in the last few days. The owner of The Lawns Dental Practice in Long Sutton has confirmed that the clinic will cease treating children on the NHS from the end of September. Dr Petros Mapanda, principal dentist, said that the NHS contract has resulted in the practice treating more patients than it was paid for, and this has rendered the operation unsustainable. Membership schemes under Denplan will still be available for children.

A spokesperson for the NHS has confirmed that The Lawns no longer wants to be a contract holder, and patients affected by the cessation of services have been contacted and advised about alternative arrangements.

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