Number of NHS patients in Northamptonshire increases

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New figures have revealed that there has been an increase in the number of people registering with an NHS dentist in Northamptonshire. The new statistics show the first increase in NHS patient numbers for three years.

Since patient numbers reached a low in March 2008, NHS Northamptonshire has invested around 25 million pounds into dental services in the area, with new practices opening in Oundle, Kettering and Wellingborough and improvements to surgeries in Mawsley and Corby.

The money has been spent on opening new practices to enable more patients to benefit from NHS care and extending opening hours to make dental care more flexible; patients can now see their dentists on Saturday mornings as well as in the evenings.

Di Fenton, from NHS Northamptonshire, is pleased that the number of NHS dental patients is now increasing and the investment is paying off. She hopes that numbers will continue to rise and people will be able to benefit from the improved services in the area. Further improvements are planned, with the opening of four surgeries that will open from 8am to 8pm; the new dental centres are due to open in the autumn.

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