New urgent dental care centre opens in Barnstaple

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A new urgent dental care centre has opened in Barnstaple, North Devon.

The centre is part of a growing network of facilities, which have been set up to provide care for patients with dental emergencies during the COVID-19 crisis. The clinic is open seven days a week and will cater for patients who have sustained dental injuries, as well as those with severe dental pain and symptoms of infection, including fever and swelling. 

NHS England and NHS Improvement have set up the centres to assist patients while high street practices are closed. 

The new Barnstaple centre will serve patients in Devon alongside services based in Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay.

Director of primary care and public health for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the South West, Ian Biggs, confirmed that the network for the entire South West is now up and running, with patients all over the region able to access urgent dental treatment. Centres in Plymouth and Torbay opened first and the two new clinics in Exeter and Barnstaple will make it easier for patients to access services closer to home. 

Patients who need urgent advice are encouraged to contact their dentist to undergo a telephone consultation. If an appointment is required, they will be directed to their nearest urgent care hub. Anyone who does not have a dentist can call the Devon dental helpline on 03330 063300.

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