Health bosses looking into dentist recruitment

Health bosses hope to start a recruitment process to re-open a dental surgery which has stood empty for some time.

The practice at Johnson Community Hospital is not operating as NHS England has struggled to find a dentist.

NHS England is currently in charge of commissioning dental services until next year when the baton will be passed to the new Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board.

Female Dentist examining her patient in dental clinic (stock image)

A spokesperson for NHS England told the Free Press: “There is no dental service currently at Johnson Community Hospital as we could not find a provider in our procurement process.

“We hope to restart procurement, and interested providers may or may not choose the community hospital as a site from which to operate.”

Lincolnshire has just 72 dentists to serve patients – South Holland District Council was told last month.

Children are also being forced to wait years or travel to Northampton to access orthodontic treatment.


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