Dental check-up: Have your say on dental services

We have just launched our survey to find out more about local people's experiences, good or bad, of accessing dental services since the pandemic began.
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We want to hear from you if you have used, or tried to use, any type of dental service since March 2020 i.e. the date when routine services were forced to stop. 

We have seen a large increase in the amount of enquiries received from Sutton residents trying to access NHS dental services and we want to find out more about the state of dental care in the Borough. 

Share your experience 

We are keen to hear about your experiences, good or bad, of accessing dental services since the pandemic began.

The responses you provide will be treated anonymously and will help us understand the state of care locally and drive improvements where necessary. 

Take the survey

In response to COVID-19, dental services had to drastically change the way they work. According to the British Dental Association, routine dentistry during COVID-19 requires the correct social distancing measures and personal protective equipment to be put in place. 

Many practices are still catching up from when they were closed during the first national lockdown and those delivering NHS care in particular may have a backlog. 

In addition, there is no need to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP because you are not bound to a catchment area. People need to find a dental surgery that is convenient for them and contact them to see if there are any appointments available. However, dental surgeries will not always have the capacity to take on new NHS patients. 

How to find an NHS dentist

Looking for an NHS dentist? The NHS website gives information about availability of NHS dental treatment. It may be possible to find a dentist within reasonable travelling distance if there isn't one accepting new patients in your immediate area. 

You do NOT have to be a resident in a particular borough to attend a dental practice there. 

Find out more

If you have any questions, or need this survey in a different format, please get in touch with Gemma Abraham. 

07726 874282

gemma@healthwatchsutton.org.uk

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