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Boost for NHS dental care in North Yorkshire


12:09pm 12th March 2012

Thousands of North Yorkshire patients are set to benefit from a multi-million pound investment in NHS dental and orthodontic services following a recent tender process.

The investment from NHS North Yorkshire and York will result in an additional 14,500 NHS dental places being made available in five main areas, including York, Selby, Ryedale, Knaresborough and Craven.

Lorraine Naylor, assistant director of primary care services at NHS North Yorkshire and York, said:

"We are delighted to announce this much needed investment in NHS dental services across our area.

"The extra capacity means that current waiting lists, particularly in the York and Selby area, will be vastly reduced and we anticipate there will be additional places available for those not already on the waiting list.

"If you are already registered on our dental database you don't need to do anything - we will be in touch to offer you a place. However, if you are not, now is a great time to register to ensure get a place as quickly as possible."

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In addition to the investment in dental capacity, NHS North Yorkshire and York has also made a significant investment in orthodontic services.

Orthodontics is a type of dental treatment that aims to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth.

The investment will result in access to orthodontics for an extra 3,215 patients.

Where these extra places will be:

Locality    Extra patients
York          10,800
Ryedale     1,100
Craven      1,100
Selby         1,500
TOTAL       14,500

The table below illustrates the number of additional NHS orthodontic places being made available by area:

Locality                                        Extra patients
Scarborough and Ryedale           591
York                                             803
Selby                                            358
Craven                                         150
Harrogate and District                  736
Hambleton and Richmondshire     577
TOTAL                                          3,215

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