More NHS places available in Plymouth

A further 2,500 patients will be able to access NHS dental treatment in Plymouth over the next year, the local primary care trust (PCT) has revealed.

The news comes as part of local efforts to improve dental services for people in the city.

Since April 2006, Plymouth Primary Care Trust has offered NHS care to more than 15,000 people from its database of city people who did not previously have an NHS dentist.

Emily Ruel, primary care manager and dental lead for the PCT, told the Plymouth Evening Herald: ‘The PCT is planning to commission routine dental treatment for an additional 2,500 Plymouth patients in the next 12 months.’

She added that the PCT was also working closely with the dean of the new Peninsula Dental School, which is due to welcome its first students in September.

The PCT hopes to be able to place 500 people with an NHS dentist within the next 12 weeks.

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