Alpha Dental to provide NHS services following My Dentist closures

Alpha Dental is aiming to help local patients left without an NHS dentist following the announcement that two other practices will close in Richmondshire.

The company is working with NHS England to provide NHS dentistry services from its branches in Catterick Garrison and at Northallerton.

It emerged last week that My Dentist was to close its practices in Richmond and Catterick Garrison. Click here for more details.

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Today, Richmond MP Rishi Sunak announced that following talks NHS England dentistry chiefs had pledged that funding used to pay for NHS services at My Dentist would not be lost and instead transferred to other dentists nearby.

You can read that article in full here.

This evening, Richmondshire Today has spoken to Alpha Dental director Ian Gordon who confirmed that they were stepping in to provide NHS services to local patients.

He said the company would do what it could until the end of March with existing staff, and then aimed to have an extra dentist in place in both their Catterick and Northallerton practices from April onwards.

Mr Gordon said NHS England had agreed to provide Alpha with funding for a 12-month period, although it would not be the full amount paid to My Dentist.

It is thought the contract would then be re-tendered after the 12-months.

Mr Gordon said: “We have agreed that we will provide an extra dentist at our Catterick and Northallerton practices.

He said they had not yet sourced new staff, which due to the difficulties of finding permanent dentists would probably be provided by an agency.

However, he said he was confident two dentists would be found ready to start in April.

“We will do our damnedest to deliver those extra dentist to deliver the services,” he added.