York dental hubs provide relief for patients in pain

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Two new urgent care dental hubs have opened in York, providing relief for patients who have been struggling with pain. 

High street practices were encouraged to shut and postpone routine appointments and non-essential procedures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in March, and since the lockdown began, there have been concerns about access to urgent dental services. 

Dentists across the UK have been providing advice and prescribing medication for pain relief online and over the phone, but now, patients should have access to emergency centres. There are currently two urgent care dental hubs in York, with many more scattered across Yorkshire and the Humber.

One patient who is relieved to hear news of the opening of the urgent hub is David Wilson. Mr Wilson, from Huntington, has been suffering from toothache for 3 weeks and had been unable to get an appointment. Having contacted his own dentist, who was able to provide advice and prescribe antibiotics and the NHS 111 service, David was hopeful that the pain would subside, but sadly, that wasn’t the case. David had been told previously that he couldn’t be seen by a dentist, but when he rang the surgery again on Monday 27th April, he was informed that appointments were now available at centres in York. Much to David’s relief, he was able to see a dentist and have the affected tooth removed. 

A spokesperson for NHS England confirmed that there are several centres operating across the county with more due to open in the coming days and weeks. Anyone who needs an appointment is encouraged to contact their local dentist or to ring NHS 111 if they’re not registered with a practice.

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