A rescue package has been put together for Bodmin residents affected by the sudden closure of a local dental surgery.
NHS England has agreed for Bodmin Dental to provide cover to the 2,500 patients in the Bodmin area who have been left without a dentist, following the immediate closure of George House Practice.
The surgery in St Nicholas filed for bankruptcy in mis-December and closed without warning. Both patients and staff were shocked be the closure.
Former patients of the closed practice will be contacted by Bodmin Dental to confirm the moving over of their treatment.
The NHS will continue to provide the dental care once the rescue package ends in March.
However, Paul Critchley, general manager for Peninsular Community Health Dental Ltd, has assured patients that “the package will continue for as long as it needs to”.
The package will mean that patients who had already begun treatment at George House Practice and had already paid up-front for their treatment can continue with their treatment.
The rescue package will also cover elderly patients with dentures who can experience pain and discomfort on a regular basis and need on-going support.
Mr Critchley said: “Patients in the Bodmin area have been left without on-going dental care unexpectedly. This can be distressing to some patients, so PCH Dental is delighted to be working collaboratively to offer this package to ensure patients continue their treatments and can access emergency dental care as and when needed.”
He said as well as helping former patients to continue their treatment, it has kept the jobs of the nursing staff from George House Practice by transferring them over to PCH Dental.
“We believe it is important for patients to have continuity and a familiar face when they transfer to their temporary practice, to ease the anxiety and stress for those who are less keen on visiting the dentist,’’ said Mr Critchley.
Former patients of George House Practice are recommended to contact the PCH Dental Centre on 01872 354375 if they find they are in a situation where they are having dental problems.