FREE emergency dental clinics for people who are not registered with a dentist and are suffering the misery of toothache will start again on Thursday, December 10, 2020.
Ten clinics will take place at Dewsbury Dental Centre for people with severe dental pain and no other access to treatment.
Prospective patients will have to phone the practice and undergo screening to assess their need before being offered an appointment. Staff will be prioritising those in greatest need and a limited number of appointments will be available. The clinics will take place on two Thursday evenings a month between 6pm and 9pm and only those with a pre-booked appointment will be seen.
Dental charity Dentaid has been a regular visitor to Dewsbury since 2015 and volunteers have helped thousands of people out of dental pain at mobile dental clinics held outside the town hall, schools and community centres.
Although coronavirus restrictions have hampered the charity’s work, preventing clinics taking place on its mobile dental unit, Dentaid volunteer Nick O’ Donovan has agreed to open his practice to help people living with the worst dental pain.
Nick will be supported by a team of volunteers including dental nurses and foundation dentists who will provide free emergency, pain relieving treatments such as extractions. The clinics are being run in association with HEE Yorkshire and Humber.
Dentaid will be working with local charities, foodbanks and organisations that help vulnerable and hard-to-reach people to ensure their clients are aware of the service.
“We know that as a result of COVID-19 it has been harder than ever for people to access dental care and we have been contacted by many people in terrible pain,” said Dentaid CEO Andy Evans.
“Thanks to Nick and his amazing team we will be able to help those whose lives are being most severely affected by dental problems. We expect these clinics will be very busy so please only try to book an appointment if you need emergency treatment and haven’t been able to see a dentist elsewhere.”
The practice, on Halifax Road, is currently taking bookings for the first four clinics on December 10th and 17th 2020 and January 7th and 14th 2021. Call 01924 465880.