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New clinic helps more patients in need of dental care

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More residents in north east London will have access to free dental care, thanks to a collaboration between Barts Health NHS Trust, Queen Mary University of London and Community Health Partnerships (CHP).

A new £3.2 million investment, the Kenworthy Road Dental Clinic, was opened today by England’s Chief Dental Officer to provide free services in Hackney and nearby areas – a place where dental decay is prevalent and access to care is in high demand.

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The state-of-the-art facility will provide a fit for purpose training ground for 300 university students each year. The students, supported by qualified dentists, will provide around 7,000 appointments per year for the local community. 

The clinic has already proved a success with over 1,000 patients registered. Due to this overwhelming response, new registrations are now closed until early Spring 2024.

The public’s oral health has been impacted significantly by the covid pandemic and rising cost of living, which has increased the need for dental care across the country but particularly in north east London.

Zahra Shehabi, Project Lead/Clinical Sustainability Fellow, Barts Health NHS Trust said:

“We’ve embedded sustainable and modern design throughout the development of this clinic and will also be sourcing sustainable materials to ensure the facility is as green as possible.”

Christopher Tredwin, Dean and Director of the Institute of Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London said:

“This new clinic will train the UK’s next generation of dentists. Thanks to the high-tech equipment and opportunity for students to treat patients, this clinic will ensure undergraduates have the best opportunities to meet their clinical requirements while providing dental care to the community.”

Giulia Pintaritsch, dental student at Queen Mary University London said:

“As a student, working on clinical placements has improved my practical skills and confidence more than anything else during my learning. Any opportunity to increase that exposure to patients is extremely important! I’m glad to see Queen Mary’s Institute of Dentistry and Barts Health working together to open this new clinic, bringing students even more clinical exposure to support our training.”

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Wendy Farrington‑Chadd, Chief Executive Officer from Community Health Partnerships said:

Free dental care has never been more important in times where the NHS is facing huge pressures and capital funding is constrained. CHP’s £3.2m capital investment will allow the delivery of additional dental appointments, closer to home, whilst enabling students from Queen Mary’s Institute of Dentistry to thrive in a modern and fit for purpose healthcare facility”.

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  1. Teresa Harris Thursday, 1 February 2024 at 03:43 PM

    So its only just opened & already you cant get a appointment to get seen as its fully booked,that sums up perfectly the dentist right now as the only way you can get seen is if you go private.

  2. Deborah Pollard Tuesday, 6 February 2024 at 03:49 PM

    This sounds amazing, we need more locations for similar to do a U-turn on oral health. When I was little, it was common to see children with black and rotten teeth. Thank goodness I had a mom and dad that refused to buy pop and syrupy drinks!
    So sad that we are seeing youngsters with decaying teeth again in this day and age.

  3. Sharon Grace Wednesday, 7 February 2024 at 02:47 PM

    Is this service going to be available to Barts Health staff who similarly are unable to get appointments at NHS dental practices?

  4. Kevin Taylor Wednesday, 7 February 2024 at 07:24 PM

    @Teresa Harris. It is really difficult at the moment in dentistry for various reasons, too many for me to detail here. It is great to be able to offer some help even though its not enough to fill the void. This new clinic will lead to approx 5000 dental assessments and treatments in the year ahead more than in 2023. This is great but we need more opportunities than just this. Its impossible for dental practices to solve the capacity problem alone, the costs are too high for the payment in their contracts in expensive places such as our local area. So speak to your local MP's and through your local Healthwatch to raise the issue with them. We have some very good/knowledgeable MP's in NEL, the more they hear about difficulties with access to dental care the better profile this issue will have with decision makers to do something about it.

  5. Barbara Kedward Friday, 9 February 2024 at 01:56 PM

    How may I register at the clinic for treatment

  6. Jarmila Piero Sunday, 11 February 2024 at 04:35 AM

    It only just opened and it already closed due to too many applicants. It says a lot about the demand for of seeing a dentist.

  7. Paul Baker Thursday, 15 February 2024 at 03:22 PM

    The process with my current NHS dentist is particularly long in appointment times I have been waiting since Oct 2023 for work to to be completed with my teeth and would appreciate any help to conclude my dental surgery.
    Regards Paul Baker

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