NHS dental appointment availability
Why are there more private dental appointments available than NHS dental appointments in England and Wales?
We do not prioritise private patients over NHS patients. However, due to the requirements set out by the NHS, not all dentists in the UK are registered to provide NHS dental treatment. Therefore, you may notice different appointment availability, as it may be that a private only dentist has availability, but they are only able to see private patients. When an NHS registered dentist has an available appointment, it is open to all patients on a first-come first-serve basis.
Why don’t some practices have an NHS dentist at the moment?
As you may have seen in the national press, there is a nationwide issue with the supply of NHS dentists, which is impacting multiple practices within Portman Dental Care and beyond. Regrettably, because of this, recruitment processes are taking longer than we anticipated, and we are doing all we can to recruit for these vacancies, with a clinician who meets our high standards for all our patients.
Why aren’t there NHS appointments at convenient times for me?
Whilst we always try to accommodate a patient’s preferred date and time for an appointment, sadly this is not always possible. We would recommend booking your appointments as early as possible to secure a date and time that is convenient for you.