Cowes dental practice to cease providing general dental care, NHS England confirms

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A dental practice in Cowes is set to stop providing general dental care for patients, NHS England has confirmed.

The Cowes Medical Centre will continue to provide some specialist dental services, including orthodontics, but patients who require general dental care will be transferred to clinics in Newport and Bembridge. The shake-up at the centre comes after it was revealed that dental services on the Isle of Wight will no longer be managed by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The trust has managed the contract since 2015.

NHS England will write to patients affected by the closures in the coming weeks, and patients will be advised on how to find new NHS dental places. There are currently no practices offering new patient places in Cowes, but the NHS Choices website has information about surgeries taking on new patients, including those in Bembridge and Newport. The closest practice for Cowes patients is currently in East Cowes. All patients who are currently undergoing treatment will continue to receive care, and dentists at the practice are hoping to have all courses completed by September. Those who require ongoing treatment past this date will be referred to other dental clinics on the island as a priority.

NHS England confirmed the early termination of the contract with Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in March, after representatives spoke out about the difficulty in managing services at a distance. 

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