New surgery set to create 8,000 new NHS places

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A new dental practice is set to open in Fareham, according to NHS Hampshire.

The new practice will create places for around eight thousand patients and ease pressure on existing dentists in the area.

Details of the location and opening date of the new surgery have yet to be revealed by NHS Hampshire, who say that they are delaying the announcement to prevent people from turning up at the surgery and expecting to register; instead they are urging people who are interested in registering with the new practice to contact the NHS dental help line or log on to their website.

Julia Bagshaw, the associate director for primary care commissioning at NHS Hampshire, said that patients who turned up expecting to get an appointment would be sent away and told you ring the dental help line; this system is fairer and it enables staff to control and keep tabs on the number of places that have been filled and the number still available for new patients. The new system will also ensure that staff have the most recent contact details for patients, meaning they can get in touch with them to discuss their registration.

The appointments will be allocated in batches and will be given out to those who have registered their interest by going online or calling the dental help line number; this system has been launched to prevent people from waiting several months for an appointment.

The practice is set to open around the end of July.

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