Bodmin Dental Practice Suddenly Closes
A dental practice in Bodmin has closed suddenly, leaving more than 2,000 patients without an NHS dentist.
George House Dental Practice in Bodmin closed just two days after informing health bosses from NHS England that it was facing bankruptcy. A representative from NHS England said that it is normal practice for surgeries facing financial difficulties to give them at least three months notice, but they were unaware of the situation at George House.
The closure of the surgery has left around 2,300 patients without a dentist.
Nobody from the practice has commented on the unexpected closure yet, but NHS bosses have said that the priority is to find replacement services for the patients of George House who are currently in the middle of courses of treatment.
Director of commissioning for NHS England in the South West region, Bridget Sampson, said that the closure of the Bodmin practice had come as a shock, as nobody informed authorities about any financial difficulties and usually, practices give 3 months notice if they are planning to close. Ms Sampson added that the practice had given just two days notice and this has made the situation much worse, as it is normal practice for the practice to work with the body to relocate patients and try to find alternative services.
NHS England will now act to try and find alternative care for patients who are undergoing treatment and anyone who requires urgent dental care should contact Peninsula Community Health.Join this Discussion