Concerns Raised Over Access To NHS Dental Treatment In Derby

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Concerns over access to NHS dental care in Derby have been raised, after it was revealed that only 6 of the city’s 34 dental practices are accepting new adult patients.

The Derby Telegraph reported that many of the practices in the city are not accepting new patients, despite the fact that health chiefs at NHS England believe that there is plenty of choice available to patients in Derby. Of the 34 practices across the city, 6 are accepting new adult patients and 10 are accepting children.

In addition, less than half of practices in South Derbyshire and Erewash are taking on new patients. Investigations showed that 28 of 65 dental surgeries in the area are accepting applications.

The article was published as dentists across the country confirmed that there has been an increase in patient numbers in the last 24 month period. In most areas of the country, there were increases in the numbers of adults and children seeing an NHS dentist, although statistics did reveal regional variations.

In response to the article, health chiefs insisted that there were sufficient NHS dental places in Derby and urged people who were looking to register with an NHS dental practice to visit the NHS Choices website to find out about available places n their local area.

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