Dentistry during Covid-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, we have seen an increase in the number of people sharing their experience of trying to access NHS dental care. We have also seen the proportion of positive feedback about dentistry fall sharply. Healthwatch England has produced insight report on the national problems that  people have been facing during the COVID19 pandemic in accessing NHS dental care. Click here to view the report. Click here to view the Healthwatch England August Briefing.

By |2021-08-19T14:56:24+01:0019 August, 2021|News, PACF|0 Comments

Special Care Dental Service is intending to relocate to Somerstown Hub

Special Care Dental Service is intending to relocate from Eastney Health Centre to the Somerstown Hub. NHS Solent would welcome feedback (see contact details below) so that any individual concerns can be managed accordingly. There will also be a patient forum 11am Wednesday 8th September at the Somerstown Hub, if you would like to attend, please RSVP on the contact details Phone: 0300 123 5076 Email: snhs.sscd.somerstownclinic@nhs.net

By |2021-08-05T14:41:12+01:005 August, 2021|News, PACF|0 Comments

Access to Urgent Dental Care in Portsmouth

Information about Emergency Dental Hubs Healthwatch Portsmouth We have received briefings from NHS England which provide information about accessing urgent dental care in Emergency Dental Hubs that have been set up around the country. Whilst dental services are still functioning, the priority remains for dentists to focus on: patients who require access to urgent care patients at higher risk of oral disease patients with outstanding treatment needs that cannot be delayed. All practices have been instructed that they should deal with any patient who calls them within their NHS capacity, whether or not they have seen that patient in the past. This means that if a patient [...]

By |2021-10-18T16:15:02+01:005 May, 2021|News, PACF|0 Comments

Update on patient access to NHS dental appointments – June 21

Here is the latest information that we have received from NHS England about patient access to NHS dental appointments in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. June ’21 update – Hanway Rd NHS dentist open, extra temporary capacity at London Rd being offered Healthwatch Portsmouth have just heard that the Smile Dental Care practice at 2, Hanway Road, Portsmouth PO1 4ND which  was due to open on 1st April 2021 is now open and is able to offer up to 21,500 ‘units of dental activity’ a year.    Delays in opening were due to problems the practice faced in delays to access a Care Quality Commission inspection  [...]

By |2021-06-14T15:15:15+01:009 February, 2021|Event, News, PACF|0 Comments

Healthwatch Portsmouth mentioned in Parliament

After speaking with Healthwatch Portsmouth, Stephen Morgan MP stood up for Portsmouth people struggling to access NHS dentistry or get the care they need in a debate in Parliament on the impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on dental services Speaking in a debate in order for the relevant Government Minister to respond and take action, the Portsmouth South MP underlined he is ‘particularly concerned about the recently imposed NHS activity targets’ and the impact this is having on local dental services. The latest intervention in the House of Commons follows Mr Morgan’s long-running efforts on concerns from constituents and came after hosting a summit earlier this [...]

By |2021-04-15T12:19:54+01:0018 January, 2021|News, PACF|0 Comments

Dental services in Portsmouth – long term contracts

June '21 update Healthwatch Portsmouth have just heard today that the Smile Dental Care practice at 2, Hanway Road, Portsmouth PO1 4ND which  was due to open on 1st April 2021 has been open since 1st June and is able to offer up to 21,500 'units of dental activity' a year.    Delays in opening were due to problems the practice faced in delays to access a Care Quality Commission inspection  visit and sign-off due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Patients wishing to join a dental practice in Portsmouth can contact the practice on 023 9323 3177  but we have heard that the phone line is busy! [...]

By |2021-06-10T14:46:48+01:0031 July, 2020|Event, News, PACF|0 Comments

Access to NHS routine dental appointments

Dental services in England update: October 2020 Parliament's Health and Social Care Committee on 24th September reviewed patient access to routine dental appointments in England during COVID-19 and concluded that the delivery of dental services in England has been significantly hindered by the pandemic. This has been largely due to the need to protect both patients and staff from COVID-19 which has, in turn, presented financial challenges to both NHS and private dental practices. We welcome NHSE/ I’s continued efforts to support the restoration of dentistry services in England. (Paragraph 67) 9. We are concerned that there does not appear to be a plan for the restoration [...]

By |2021-04-15T12:22:18+01:005 June, 2020|News, PACF|0 Comments

Access to NHS routine dental appointments from Monday 8th June

Here is an update from NHS England: availability of routine dental appointments from 8th June Some dental surgeries will be in a position to be open to offer routine NHS dental appointments Contact your local dentist for more information.  The links below may help you plan ahead. Accessing NHS Routine Dental Appointments What might have changed What to expect

By |2021-04-15T12:23:26+01:005 June, 2020|Event, PACF|0 Comments

Access to Urgent NHS Dental Appointments – briefing from NHS Eng

05.06.20 update Access to routine dental appointments starts from 8th June - contact your local dentist for details 24.4.20  here is the latest information that Healthwatch Portsmouth has received on access to Urgent Dental care during the current COVID-19 pandemic. An urgent dental care hub has been set up in Portsmouth to support patients with urgent dental care needs. Please see briefing for details Urgent NHS Dental Care - access for patients - NHSE briefing 24.4.20

By |2021-05-05T12:54:53+01:0023 April, 2020|News, PACF|0 Comments