Dental practice to eliminate waiting lists
Waiting lists for an NHS dentists in a West Cornwall town are to be wiped out.
The Chapel Dental Practice in Camborne has agreed to provide a branch surgery in the Penzance offering places for 2,800 patients.
NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly has signed a new dental contract with the practice that will enable all of the 560 patients currently waiting in the town to have access to NHS treatment.
The additional capacity will enable anyone in the West Cornwall area to register when it opens in November.
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Bridget Sampson, director of primary care for NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, said: "We are delighted that the practice has agreed to provide this new much-needed new branch service in Penzance, replacing capacity previously lost and ensuring local people have access to NHS dentistry.
"We have also agreed to provide additional places on top of the town's immediate needs to ensure there is adequate provision going forward and to give people living outside the area an opportunity to receive NHS dental care."
Caroline Pace, on behalf of the practice, which will be based in Market Jew Street, said: "We hope our central position in Penzance, close to the major transport links, will enable many of those in the west of the county to access the service."