NHS confirms commitment to new dental services in Catterick Garrison and Richmond

NHS officials have confirmed that it will be replace the NHS dental services lost following the closure of the My Dentist branches.

It emerged last week that My Dentist was to shut its branches in Catterick Garrison and Richmond.

Alpha Dental, which has a branch in Catterick Garrison, yesterday said it was looking to fill some of need left when My Dentist shuts in the short term.

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And NHS England has now confirmed it intends to find permanent solution to the lack of NHS dentistry care in the area.

A spokesperson from NHS England, said: “The Mydentist, Catterick Garrison and Richmond practices have given NHS England notice on their contract to provide care for NHS patients.

“As a result of this, NHS England in Yorkshire and the Humber will be putting in place a new NHS dental service in the area, however to do this we will have to go through a process which may take some time.

“In the meantime we are going to put in place an interim solution to ensure patients can continue to access NHS dental care and treatment at a nearby practice.

“In situation such as these the funds regained from the contracts handed back are reinvested in the area affected.

“Mydentist is in the process of contacting all affected patients.”

My Dentist said that patients registered at the practices with open courses of treatment will have their dental care completed before 31st March in Catterick and 30th April in Richmond, with emergency cases being referred to neighbouring practices.

You can read more about Alpha Dental’s plans to take on some of the NHS patients left without a dentist here.