Archive for the ‘Dental Access’ Category

Perthshire dental hygienist offers appointments in gardens to tackle backlogs and keep patients safe

Perthshire dental hygienist offers appointments in gardens to tackle backlogs and keep patients safe

A dental hygienist from Perthshire is offering patients appointments in their gardens in a bid to tackle backlogs and keep patients safe. Fiona Perry originally launched the initiative, Flying Smiles, last March but was forced to delay providing treatment due to the lockdown. In August, Fiona started offering at-home appointments, providing a valuable service for […]


NHS chiefs insist they are doing everything possible to improve access to dental services in North Yorkshire

NHS chiefs insist they are doing everything possible to improve access to dental services in North Yorkshire

NHS chiefs have insisted that they are doing everything within their means to improve access to dental services for patients in North Yorkshire. At a recent meeting of the council’s health scrutiny committee, members raised grave concerns about the state of NHS dentistry in the region, with more and more patients struggling to get an […]


Scarborough councillor raises concerns over ‘immoral’ lack of access to dental care

Scarborough councillor raises concerns over ‘immoral’ lack of access to dental care

A local councillor in Scarborough has raised concerns over an “immoral” lack of access to dental care in the area. Councillor Tony Randerson made the statement at a recent meeting of North Yorkshire County Council’s Scrutiny of Health Committee while discussing access to dental care for children. Mr Randerson said that children should not be […]


Healthwatch Norfolk calls for new dental school to solve shortages

Healthwatch Norfolk calls for new dental school to solve shortages

Healthwatch Norfolk has called for a new dental school to open in the region to solve access problems linked to a shortage of dentists. Chief executive of Healthwatch Norfolk, Alex Stewart, said that there is no “easy way out” as dental teams are currently working tirelessly to see as many patients as possible but there […]


Surrey patients waiting months to see a dentist

Surrey patients waiting months to see a dentist

Patients in Surrey are finding it increasingly difficult to see a dentist, according to a local watchdog. Healthwatch Surrey has experienced a surge in complaints in recent months, with many patients unable to get an appointment. One patient was told they would have to join a 55-week waiting list and some have been advised to […]


Isle of Wight MP proposes ideas to improve island dental services

Isle of Wight MP proposes ideas to improve island dental services

The MP for the Isle of Wight, Bob Seeley, has proposed ideas to improve dental services on the island. Speaking at a debate on oral health services at Westminster Hall, Mr Seeley outlined the most significant problems faced by patients on the island before suggesting ways to improve the current situation. Many patients are currently […]


Lowestoft man fills his own tooth after calling over 12 dental practices

Lowestoft man fills his own tooth after calling over 12 dental practices

A man from Lowestoft resorted to filling his own tooth after contacting more than 12 dental practices with no luck in getting an appointment. Steve Freeman contacted his regular practice when he started to experience pain after cracking a tooth but was informed that he had been removed from the list due to not attending […]


Norfolk man removes 18 of his teeth after failing to get a dental appointment

Norfolk man removes 18 of his teeth after failing to get a dental appointment

A man from Norfolk has removed eighteen of his own teeth after failing to get a dental appointment. David Spoors, an antique dealer, took the decision to extract his teeth after being turned down by every dental surgery in the area. Mr Spoors, a 65-year-old army veteran, tried to get an appointment with several dentists […]


Isle of Wight patient has been unable to get a new dentist since 2016

Isle of Wight patient has been unable to get a new dentist since 2016

A patient from the Isle of Wight has spoken out after struggling to get a dentist since her previous dentist returned to Bulgaria in 2016. The patient, whose story was outlined in a recent Healthwatch England report, said that they had been unable to find a new dentist for over four years. Having been unsuccessful […]


New report suggests patients in England could be waiting up to 3 years for a dental appointment

New report suggests patients in England could be waiting up to 3 years for a dental appointment

A new report suggests that patients in England could be waiting up to three years to get a dental appointment. A report released by Healthwatch England indicates that some patients could be waiting until 2024 to see a dentist. Some surgeries have waiting lists with thousands of names on and many patients have reported being […]