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More than 3,000 patients on waiting list at new dental surgery

Driffield’s new dental surgery has appealed for increased permanent NHS funding to help them meet the huge demand from members of the public.

Driffield Dental at Riverside opened in October but already has a waiting list of more than 3,000 and according to the practice manager, Steph Hartwell, this number is increasing rapidly every day.

She said: “NHS dental care provision is at a crisis point in East Yorkshire and those who are not already on a dentist’s list are either going without care, forced to wait many years or pay privately.”

“The situation locally has been made even more difficult with the announcement of the closure of a Bridlington NHS dental practice.

“Our relocation from Exchange Street to our new, state of the art premises at Riverside has been massively welcomed by many residents, but our services are already over-stretched simply because East Yorkshire does not have enough NHS dentists.

“The move to the new premises has enabled us to employ more support staff and one more full-time dentist but we are currently trying to further expand our team to meet the unprecedented demand for dental treatment.

“We have made repeated requests for additional permanent NHS funding to fund this expansion and we will continue to keep up that pressure for the benefit of everyone in Driffield.”

Driffield Dental has been able to offer appointments to more than 650 of the 3,000 on its waiting list but that list has increased by well over 200 in the past week or so and continues to rise daily.

Diane Pugh moved to the Driffield area last year but makes a 340-mile round trip for appointments.

She told the Wolds Weekly: “We moved from Shropshire last year but had to keep our dentist there because we couldn’t find one here.

“It’s okay for check ups but if we need urgent care it won’t be ideal having to go 170 miles

“Ours is a private dentist and not NHS. We tried to find both when we moved and couldn’t so decided we would need to stay with the dentist we are registered with. “

Kris Egleton said: “I found it impossible to get an appointment as an NHS patient with a dentist in Driffield.

“I have had to go privately, and as a pensioner, I am finding that difficult faced with a bill of just under £2,000.

“The dentist is exceptional and the treatment I have had so far has been better than I’ve ever had from an NHS dentist.

“I could not leave a visit to a dentist any longer. I found that because I had not been to my dentist since before COVID I had been taken off their list despite the fact that they were closed for the whole period.”

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