NHS England is supporting patients at a Bournemouth dental practice after being advised that the practice had gone into liquidation.
Patients registered with the practice are being advised to contact 111 if they require a dentist urgently. Meanwhile NHS England is working with other local practices to redirect patients who have appointments over the next few weeks.
Patients at the practice who do not need urgent treatment or have an appointment in the next few weeks can find an alternative practice by going to NHS Choices https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/dentists/Pages/find-an-NHS-dentist.aspx
Patients do not need to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP. Patients can find a dental practice that’s convenient for them, whether it’s near your home or work, and phone them to see if there are any appointments available.
Dental practices are independent contractors to the NHS and Wootton Lodge practice provided both NHS and private dental treatment to patients.
NHS England is responsible for commissioning (buying) urgent and routine dental services for local people through contracts with independent dental practitioners.
A spokesperson for NHS England (Wessex) said: “We apologise to patients who have been inconvenienced by the closure of the practice. A member of our team is working with staff and patients arriving at the practice today to help find them alternative treatment.”