Several dental practices in Hampshire are opening up for extra sessions beyond their usual opening hours. The details of which practices are holding new sessions can be found here.
Patients can contact their nearest practices directly to make an appointment.
Demand for NHS dentistry remains high so expectations need to be realistic:
- Practice capacity is significantly reduced due to extra infection control measures required during the pandemic to keep patients and staff safe.
- Non-urgent care has been paused, apart from those with the greatest clinical need, including for those that have a regular dentist.
- Practices don’t have the capacity at the moment to take on new patients unless it is for urgent care.
- The best way to find closest practices is via nhs.uk website https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-dentist
- When patients ring a practice they shouldn’t ask if they’re taking on new patients as that may be interpreted as for non-urgent care. Instead they should advise they have an urgent need and have been advised all practices are providing urgent care at the current time.
- Patients will be assessed via phone in the first instance, the first part of urgent care is very likely to be remote advice, analgesia and antimicrobials (AAA) with the dentist using their clinical judgment whether face to face care is also required.
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