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CLARIFICATION: News Release: Good news for NHS dental care

Date: 15/10/2008           Category: Medway PCT

News Release: Good news for NHS dental care. A rise in the number of people visiting NHS dentists has been noted across Medway. Figures released by the Department of Health show 63 per cent of Medway people have visited an NHS dentist since April 2006, which resulted in a 17 per cent increase. Across the rest of the strategic health authority area, the remainder of Kent, Sussex and Surrey, there has been an average 47.5 per cent in residents able to sign up to a practice with an NHS dentist and a 7.5 per cent fall overall. NHS Medway, formerly Medway Primary Care Trust, Dental services manager Annie Godden said: “NHS Medway has dedicated the past two years to promoting the availability of NHS dentists in the area and to increasing awareness of the importance of oral health for all ages.” The contract for dental services became the primary care trust’s responsibility in April 2006. There are 39 Medway dental practices offering an NHS service and 25 are taking on new NHS patient at the moment. For more information on NHS dental practices visit the primary care trust’s website www.medwaypct.nhs.uk or telephone the dental team on 01634 382758.