New practice will create 300 new NHS dental places in Westbury
A new practice will create 300 additional NHS dental places in Westbury.
The future of NHS dentistry in the town was hanging in the balance after NHS England turned down an application from White Horse Dental to renew its contract. The contract, which is due to expire on the 26th June, has been rejected, but patients have since been offered assurance that more places will be made available. NHS England has confirmed that a new surgery, which will be located on High Street, will open in June.
Residents were unhappy when they were informed about the unsuccessful application, with many worrying about how they were going to get to the dentist. One patient was advised that she may have to travel to Salisbury to see a dentist, which is over an hour away and completely impractical for people who work, parents and those who don’t drive. The good news is that a new contract has now been offered to Dumbledore Ltd, which is part of the South Cliff Dental Group.
The new contract will provide an extra 300 NHS dental places, enabling local people to continue to benefit from dental care on their doorstep and creating opportunities for those living in the area who aren’t registered with White Horse Dental.
Patients who are currently undergoing treatment at White Horse Dental will continue to be treated with the hope of completing all courses before the 26th June.