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Alton Dental no longer accepting new NHS patients

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

9th August 2023 update

We have heard news that Alton Dental is now full and is no longer taking new NHS patients.


27th April 2023 update

The listed surgeries are offering NHS dental appointments for people who are not already on a patient list for an NHS dentist in the city but need to access a course of NHS urgent dental treatment. These appointments are outside of their normal surgery hours.


When contacting the dental surgeries, please state to the practice/receptionist from the start that you are seeking care under the ‘Additional Hours Scheme’. This reduces the chance of any confusion on which dental service you are trying to access and being inadvertently turned away by the practice who may think you are seeking routine treatment.


6th April 2023 update


While we are waiting for the three new dental surgeries to start taking patients:

we have just heard today that Alton Dental Practice, Anstey Road are now able to offer more NHS dental appointments on the following dates and times:


Alton Dental, Anstey Road, Alton Hampshire GU34 2RE (01420 83589)

Tuesdays: 6pm - 7.30pm (there are 3 dentists working during this time = 3.5hrs of appts)

Saturdays: 10.15am - 1.45pm


We have been advised by NHS England of the following: “Although the Additional Hours Scheme sessions are not for routine care/check-ups for the wider population, the exception to this is for Care Home residents, Looked After Children and those who need to be dentally fit before they undergo hospital treatment, whereby they can attend the practice for a routine check-up within one of the sessions, and any subsequent treatment identified from the check-up will also be carried out in these sessions which may take multiple appointments to complete the course of treatment.”


Regarding Care Home residents who are now eligible to book appointments in the Additional Hours Scheme; Care Home providers have been notified of this. Care Homes will need to arrange patient transport for their resident to attend an appointment at the practice


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