BW update 09-Apr – NHS Dentists

NHS dentists  

During the Covid-19 pandemic all routine NHS and private dentistry has stopped. Patients who have scheduled appointments in the coming weeks are being contacted by their dental practice.

The NHS is continuing to provide urgent and emergency dental care. This will be available to both NHS and private patients. If patients have a dental emergency they should call the dental practice they normally attend during their opening hours for further advice. If they do not have a regular NHS dentist they can search for a local dentist on the NHS website and call them. In the evening and at weekends patients can contact NHS 111 who will provide advice and direct patients to an out of hours service if necessary.

When patients call a practice, a member of the team will carry out a telephone assessment with to assess their dental needs. They will be able to offer advice or prescribe medication to relieve any pain or to treat an infection.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with local dental networks to set up Urgent Dental Care hubs to provide urgent treatment when it is required.

The first Urgent Dental hub will open in Hampshire on 14th April with the others to be opened imminently. These services are not bound by geography.