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Dentist Closure Could Leave Thousands on Waiting List

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 13th February 2013

Up to four thousand people in Cornwall could be left without an NHS dentist.

Health bosses say Mylor Dental Practice will stop treating patients.

They are asking other surgeries around Falmouth and Truro to help.

But Pirate FM has been told the local waiting list is already at around a thousand.

Bridget Sampson, from the NHS Commissioning Board, said: “We are very sorry to be losing another dentist in an area where we already have many people waiting for places with an NHS dentist.

“The PCT has ensured adequate funding is available to increase capacity but some practices simply haven’t been able to offer all of the NHS appointments funded under their contracts. This is something we are addressing.

The NHS Commissioning Board Area Team will be providing more services in the Falmouth/Helston area in the form of at least one new dental practice.”

Anyone in the area who does not have an NHS dentist and who needs emergency dental treatment should contact the Emergency Helpline on 01872 354375.

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