A FURTHER cohort of approximately 5000 adult patients are to be de-registered from NHS dental services by a practice in Dumfries.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway has received details on the decision made by Blue Door Dental Practice, following on from giving three months’ notice to over 5000 patients that they would be de-registered as of March 1 2023.
Blue Door Dental Practice in Dumfries have written to this further group of adult patients registered for NHS services at the practice, notifying them that they will be de-registered as of June 1 2023.
Of the five dentists who will be proving services at the practice three had chosen to move into a private monthly dental plan as of March 2023 for adults aged 18 years and above.
Meanwhile, two of the five dentists will continue to provide services under NHS dental contract at full capacity.
All children under 18 years will remain registered as patients at Blue Door and continue to be offered NHS dental care, including those who are registered with the three associates who are moving to a private business plan.
Those patients losing their registration at Blue Door will now need to seek alternative provision.
Director of Public Health Valerie White said: “At present, access to NHS registrations is extremely limited.
“NHS Dumfries and Galloway continues to work to encourage and support dentists to provide NHS general dental services and is working closely with Scottish Government colleagues on these matters.
“However, lack of dentists coming to work in the region is a key issue, and challenges in dental workforce are being seen across the UK.
“Anyone who is not registered with a dentist and requires emergency dental care can access that by contacting the Dental Helpline on 0845 602 6417.
“Developments around NHS dental services within Dumfries and Galloway will be updated at the following web-site address: https://dghscp.co.uk/dental-services/”