New urgent dental centre opens in Plymouth

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A new urgent dental centre has opened in Plymouth.

NHS England has confirmed that a hub has opened in the city, but details of the location have not been shared to avoid patients turning up without an appointment. 

Urgent care centres have been established across the UK in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak to try and stem the spread of COVID-19. Routine appointments and procedures have been postponed, but emergency treatment will be available for those in need during the lockdown.

News of emergency care services will be welcomed by Plymouth residents, after a story in the local press revealed that a man from the city travelled to Birmingham over the Easter weekend to see a dentist because he was unable to get an appointment any closer to home.

Other urgent dental hubs have been launched in Bodmin in Cornwall and Exmouth and Torquay in Devon. The exact location of the clinics has not been disclosed to ensure that patients who have been referred are able to get the treatment they need.

Before visiting an emergency dental centre, patients are advised to call their dental practice for a telephone assessment. If the dentist feels that the patient needs an urgent appointment, they will be provided with the details they need to visit a local hub. Dentists in the city are also providing advice over the phone and they can prescribe medication online.

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