Thousands of patients sign up for NHS dental care in Worcestershire

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More than 2,000 people have signed up for NHS dental care in Worcestershire following a street campaign to raise awareness of local NHS services.

In January and February members of NHS staff took to the streets of Malvern, Worcester and Kidderminster to tell people about local services, explain costs and encourage patients to sign up with local practices.

More than 2,000 people have now signed up with dentists in the area; Alan McMichael, a consultant in dental public health for the NHS, said that the street campaign was a huge success. People in Worcestershire are now aware of the services available to them and people who were confused about how to register or change practice now know how to go about getting NHS dental care.

Peter Roach was just one of the many patients who benefited from the campaign; he wanted to change from a private dentist to an NHS dentist but he didn’t know how to do it; after talking to a member of NHS staff during the campaign, Mr Roach changed practice and he is now paying a lot less for his dental care.

Anyone who wants more information about NHS dental services in Worcestershire is advised to contact their local primary care trust or visit the NHS Choices website.

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