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messageAny news on dentist situation in the area?
Posted by Borderlands August 24, 02:31PM

Just checking if there are any updates yet on having NHS dental work done anywhere in the area. Looking at various websites I can see lots have messages from around May and June but nothing more recent. NHS 111 don't seem to be able to direct to any Urgent Dental Centre (if they really exist, which I doubt), so going around the houses trying to work out if anyone, any where (even private) can offer actual treatment yet.

This situation is such a scandal. As there has not been a major protest about PPE for dentists, just got to assume the great British public would rather suffer in chronic and acute pain, or yank out their own teeth than complain to the authorities about the situation so something improves!

messageRe: Any news on dentist situation in the area?
Posted by Friernlocal August 24, 02:54PM

Try phoning them. The Dulwich Dental Clinic next to the Post Office is taking appointments.

messageRe: Any news on dentist situation in the area?
Posted by Borderlands August 24, 03:23PM

Friernlocal Wrote:
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> Try phoning them. The Dulwich Dental Clinic next
> to the Post Office is taking appointments.

Thanks for this.

messageRe: Any news on dentist situation in the area?
Posted by JohnL August 24, 04:46PM

I'm with The Gardens and they have a letter on their homepage that seems to mean they are open (but prioritising some patients and following guidelines)

[www.thegardensdentalcentre.co.uk]

messageRe: Any news on dentist situation in the area?
Posted by Borderlands August 24, 05:09PM

JohnL Wrote:
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> I'm with The Gardens and they have a letter on
> their homepage that seems to mean they are open
> (but prioritising some patients and following
> guidelines)
>
> [www.thegardensdentalcentre.co.uk]

Hi. I think the Gardens are like most other NHS dentists - they are unable to offer fillings or anything that might require PPE because of the danger of aerosols. But thanks for info,

messageRe: Any news on dentist situation in the area?
Posted by binkylilyput August 25, 05:22PM

Dentists are taking appointments but not actually doing any treatment! What is going on?!

messageRe: Any news on dentist situation in the area?
Posted by Borderlands August 25, 06:18PM

My view, for what it's worth, is that government advice about what can be offered by NHS dentists (hardly anything) plus lack of required PPE, plus there being no extra cash to NHS dentists who need to update their premises to remove aerosols, have more cleaning, need replacement PPE over and over again, means that public provision is likely to disappear in the next few months - and everyone will be forced to go private (they are more likely to have the money for all that's required).

But the virus is the just another nail in the coffin of the dental provision of our former health service. And nobody knows how or where to protest about this. It's just appalling.

messageRe: Any news on dentist situation in the area?
Posted by JohnL August 26, 09:39AM

There was a time in the 90s (I think) when it was impossible to get a dentist, and people who weren't registered just put up with the pain.

I can't believe those of us who didn't have a dentist at that time put up with the pain that came and went.

Mind I must admit I didn't make a huge effort in my 20s as I had a real driller dentist as a child and ended up with a mouth full of fillings that wouldn't be done these days.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was august 26, 09:42am by JohnL.

messageRe: Any news on dentist situation in the area?
Posted by Borderlands August 26, 12:55PM

Yeah, driller dentists. I remember an Australian dentist in the 1980s detailing the full of extent of the damage such enthusiasts for unnecessary fillings and removals had done to me in my childhood. But by then most of what they had done could not be remedied. Now I can see how many cosmetic options are available privately (at considerable cost) but what about what is actually needed? Actual dentistry? Now.

Head in hands.


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