A RESCUE package has been put together for Bodmin residents affected by the closure of a dental surgery.
NHS England has agreed for Bodmin Dental to provide cover to the 2,500 patients in the Bodmin area who have been left without a dentist, following the immediate closure of George House Practice. The surgery in St Nicholas Street filed for bankruptcy in mid-December and closed without warning. Both patients and staff were shocked by the closure.
Former patients of the closed practice will be contacted by Bodmin Dental to confirm the moving over of their treatment. The NHS will continue to provide the dental care once the rescue package ends in March.
However, Paul Critchley, general manager for Peninsular Community Health Dental Ltd, has assured patients "the package will continue for as long as it needs to".
The package will mean patients who had already begun treatment at George House Practice and had already paid for treatment can continue with it.
The rescue package will also cover elderly patients with dentures who can experience pain and discomfort on a regular basis and need continued support.
Mr Critchley said: "Patients in the Bodmin area have been left without dental care unexpectedly. This can be distressing for some patients, so PCH Dental is delighted to be working collaboratively to offer this package to ensure patients continue their treatments and can access emergency dental care as and when needed."
He said as well as helping former patients to continue their treatment, it has kept the jobs of the nursing staff from George House Practice by transferring them over to PCH Dental.
"We believe it is important for patients to have continuity and a familiar face when they transfer to their temporary practice, to ease the anxiety and stress for patients less keen on visiting the dentist," said Mr Critchley.
Former patients of George House Practice are recommended to contact the PCH Dental Centre on 01872 354375 if in need of treatment.