New NHS dentist places created

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HUNDREDS of spare dental places are available in Knaresborough.

The places - for which people in Harrogate are eligible - are being promoted by NHS North Yorkshire and York, following a multi-million pound investment in the county’s dental services.

The investment has seen a total of 14,500 new NHS dental places created in North Yorkshire, to help reduce waiting lists.

Most of these are in York (10,800) with a further 1,100 in Ryedale, 1,100 in Craven and 1,500 in Selby.

Though the Harrogate district has gained no new places, those spare Knaresborough places suggest the area is less in need of them than the likes of York. The city has had waiting list problems in its recent history.

But our district is to benefit from some new investment in dentistry. Just over 700 new places have been created in Harrogate for orthodontic treatment - dental treatment which aims to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth.

They re part of total of 3,215 extra orthodontic places have been created across North Yorkshire.

Lorraine Naylor, assistant director of primary care services at NHS North Yorkshire and York, said: “We are delighted to announce this much needed investment in NHS dental services across our area.

“The extra capacity means that current waiting lists, particularly in the York and Selby area, will be vastly reduced and we anticipate there will be additional places available for those not already on the waiting list.

“If you are already registered on our dental database you don’t need to do anything – we will be in touch to offer you a place.”

People wishing to register can call free on 0300 303 8010 or click here.