Dental care?


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Simon

I am registered with an NHS dentist and get free care as I am unemployed. I
am due a check up in 4 weeks, but have severe pain in one of my teeth so I
want to be seen sooner. It usually takes about 2 months to get an
appointment at my dentist. Am I entitled to emergency treatment on the NHS
or will I have to wait till my check up?
 
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Robbie

From: "Simon" (e-mail address removed)
Date: 27/09/03 16:37 GMT Daylight Time
Message-id: <bl4aoq$79ghs$1@ID-18817.news.uni-berlin.de>

I am registered with an NHS dentist and get free care as I am unemployed. I
am due a check up in 4 weeks, but have severe pain in one of my teeth so I
want to be seen sooner. It usually takes about 2 months to get an
appointment at my dentist. Am I entitled to emergency treatment on the NHS
or will I have to wait till my check up?
Do you have a local dental hospital? If so, you can usually turn up there and
join the queue where you will be treated. Of course, it isn't satisfactory as
normally there are lots of other people there too (so turn up early) and they
tend to open weekdays only (ie you'll have to wait until Monday).

As for immediate, emergency ttreatment, I don't know.

Rob


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Pat Winstanley

ngrobbie2003 said:
Subject: Re: Dental care?
From: (e-mail address removed) (Robbie)
Newsgroups: uk.gov.social-security
Worth giving the dental surgery a ring and explaining your emergency
needs in order to be seen within a few days as an emergency visit. Can't
see why you would have to pay for that, but again, you can check with a
phone call to the dental surgery.
Do you have a local dental hospital? If so, you can usually turn up there and
join the queue where you will be treated. Of course, it isn't satisfactory as
normally there are lots of other people there too (so turn up early) and they
tend to open weekdays only (ie you'll have to wait until Monday).

As for immediate, emergency ttreatment, I don't know.
Perhaps try the casualty department at the local hospital?

(At least to perhaps get pain-killers/antibiotics for the next day or
two as a stop-gap).
 
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Bob

Worth giving the dental surgery a ring and explaining your emergency
needs in order to be seen within a few days as an emergency visit. Can't
see why you would have to pay for that, but again, you can check with a
phone call to the dental surgery.
Yes, phone the dentist and ask for an emergency appointment - you are
certainly entitled to this treatment and it will not cost anything.
Perhaps try the casualty department at the local hospital?
(At least to perhaps get pain-killers/antibiotics for the next day or
two as a stop-gap).
Would not advise doing this - many hospitals have a policy of not treating
you for dental pain, not even giving painkillers. They will phone your
dentist, who should have an arrangement for out-of-hours emergency treatment
and het him/her to prescribe painkillers/antibiotics.

Bob
 
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Simon

Thanks for all the advice. Rang NHS direct and they told me as an NHS
patient most dentists will not give me emergency treatment. I rant my
dentists answerphone and the phone message confirms that only private
patients get emergency care. NHS direct gave me the details of the local
hospitals dental emergency centre, who are open tonight. Hopefully they will
sort me out. I was going to wait until Monday and go the dentists, but I am
glad I rang NHS direct now, as it would have been embarrassing to be told I
wasn't entitled to emergency care.
 

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