NHS dental services to return to Helmsley

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NHS dental services are set to return to Helmsley after a two year absence.

Helmsley Smiles will offer NHS care to patients in the Yorkshire town. The practice owners are currently awaiting final inspections before they open the doors to residents. The town has had no NHS dental provider since the pandemic hit.

Helmsley Smiles was founded in September 2021 by Dr Hassnain Hamid and Mr Muhammed Farooq. The practice is expected to open in the ‘coming weeks’ once it has passed an inspection to confirm Disability Discrimination Act compliance.

The opening of a new NHS dental surgery in Helmsley comes on the back of months of campaigning by local residents and the MP for Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake. Mr Hollinrake took to social media to confirm and spread the news of the practice opening. In his post, he said that he was “pleased” to announce that a new NHS provider has been found for Helmsley after a lot of hard work to push for improved NHS provision in the area.

Patients who were previously registered with Bondgate Dental Practice should have received a letter detailing plans for the opening of the practice. Patients have been advised to follow the instructions included in the letter to join the new practice. The opening date has not yet been confirmed, but patients will be notified in due course.

Mr Hollinrake said that the news was positive but stressed that he will continue to work hard to ensure that local people have access to the NHS services they need.

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