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Harrogate dental practice withdraws NHS services

Harrogate dental practice withdraws NHS services

Published at 2:03pm 28th July 2017. (Updated at 4:39pm 28th July 2017)

NHS England has said it remains committed to ensuring all dental patients in Yorkshire have access to treatment on the health service.

It comes after one provider in Harrogate announced it was withdrawing NHS services from October.

Patients at the mydentist practice on Hookstone Park were informed of the changes by post, being told: "It has become increasingly apparent that some changes need to be made to the way we practice...to ensure we can continue to offer the first-class care our patients deserve."

A copy of the letter was posted on social media.

A spokesperson for mydentist said: "This decision has been made with a heavy heart. It is a result of ongoing running costs that have prevented the practice from providing NHS dental care sustainably.

"The practice will continue to offer private dental care in Harrogate and we're working to make this as cost effective as possible.

"We encourage patients with any questions to get in touch with us."

It is currently unclear where new patients in the district should go for NHS treatment, but NHS England insists that there are still practices available offering this service.

At the time of writing, the NHS Choices website lists only practices which accept NHS referrals.

Moira Dumma, Director of Commissioning Operations, NHS England in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "NHS England is committed to ensuring that all patients that wish to access NHS Dental Services can do so and we are currently reviewing how we can improve access to NHS dentists across our region and looking at how we can introduce additional capacity from within our existing budget.

"We are looking at both in-hours and out-of-hours services and at how people can be better signposted to the most appropriate services.

"We will be paying particular attention to areas where we know this is particularly challenging.

"We hope to have completed this work in the next few months."