NHS dentistry improves in Wiltshire

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A £3.1million investment into NHS dentistry in Wiltshire has created dramatic improvements.

NHS Wiltshire said that dentistry in the county had increased by 10% this year and that this had led to a 23% increase in units of dental activity.

Department of Health statistics revealed that around 43,000 more NHS patients have been able to access dental care in the region.

In 2008 NHS Wiltshire set itself a target of increasing dental provision by a third by 2011. It has almost achieved that a year ahead of schedule.

Joint director of public health Maggie Rae said that the NHS was delighted that the investment had already had such impressive results.

She added that the days of long queues to register for NHS dentistry were coming to an end and said that people should snap up places that are still vacant at some Wiltshire practices.

The additional funding is now being used to improve dental access in deprived areas and places where availability of care is scarce.

As part of this, new practices have or are being established in Amesbury, Calne, Chippenham, Devizes, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Pewsey, Tidworth, Trowbridge, Westbury, Wootton Bassett and Warminster.

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