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Thanet Dental Update

Updated information on the nature of dentistry in Thanet.

Finding a dentist in Thanet is hard. It's harder still if you have no car and little money. Just currently there are, according to PALS, exactly no dentists taking on NHS patients in Thanet.

NHS - Second Class Dental Service

For those of us dependant on the NHS for dental services it is likely to be apparent that we are very much the recipients of a second class standard of service.

You cannot get checkups for you or your children. You can only get dental treatment once you are in pain and then you have to phone at 8am and keep trying until you get through - after that you will be told when the appointment is and you had better be able to get there early to fill out the paper work.

The number to call appears to have changed several times. The current number is 01233 667997 and you will need to call after 8am but before 9am. Any time after nine in the morning and you would need to be very lucky to get an appointment at the Ramsgate dental access clinic.

Keep reading to find out about New NHS friendly dentists opening in Thanet this year

Hope for Thanet's NHS Dental Patients

In the later half of this year there is to be a new dental practice opening in the Cliftonville area. If you want even a shot at getting in there you need to phone PALS on 0800 0856606.

If that does not suit you then, if you can get to Herne Bay, the nearest available dental practice that takes on NHS patients is Melbourne House Dental Centre. Their number is 01227 374454



67 Canterbury Road

Herne Bay
Kent
CT6 5DE

United Kingdom

According to the only review I could find (here) the waiting times are often lengthy.

This article is an update of the January 2008 article "Dentists and Thanet - Things You Should Know"

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This Normal comment was left by Stargazer [score: 0]:

I tried to register with a Ramsgate dentist last November,and was told there is a waiting list of six to twelve months,fill in an aplication form,wich I did,last week a friend of my sons said she had just walked in to the same dentist and became a patient right away,as I am 74 and she is 30 I can only think this is ageism at its worst.
30/04/2009 11:26:35

This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

Did they get in as private or NHS?
05/05/2009 15:32:01

This Normal comment was left by Halifax Dentist [score: 0]:

While the Canadian wait times aren't usually as bad, getting coverage can be a huge pain (no pun intended). Sounds like NHS patients receive a lower standard of care.
03/06/2009 07:03:06

This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

We do.
06/06/2009 04:25:19

This Normal comment was left by Dentiste Deux Montagnes [score: 0]:

"While the Canadian wait times aren't usually as bad"

it depends my friend. everything is relative
18/06/2009 18:49:47

This Normal comment was left by dental health plans [score: 0]:

Thats horrible that you cant get dental treatment until you are in pain because preventative care is not only cheaper but much better for your oral health.
23/06/2009 18:37:26

This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

I know. Tell me about it.
24/06/2009 11:31:22
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