Dental patients encouraged to continue using urgent care hubs as clinic reopening date looms

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Patients who have urgent dental needs have been urged to continue using emergency care hubs, as the reopening date for high street practices looms.

From June 8th, local surgeries will be able to open to the public, but it will take some time for all practices to get up and running. In the run-up to June 8th and for a period of time afterwards, the urgent care hubs will continue to operate, providing those who need immediate assistance with emergency treatment. A network of over 600 urgent dental centres has been set up during the lockdown to ensure that people have access to immediate care for severe dental issues. 

New guidelines have been published to prepare practices, and dental organisations are working with public health experts and the NHS to implement changes so that staff and patients can access high street clinics safely. 

Emergency appointments can be obtained through local dentists and via NHS 111. If patients have urgent needs, they can call their regular dentist, who will provide a telephone triage service. NHS 111 is available for those without a practice and for anyone who needs help outside of working hours. 

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