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Dental Problems

The BMA has published guidance to inform GPs of their obligations to patients either requesting emergency dental treatment or asking for an NHS prescription for drugs recommended by private or NHS dentists. It is aimed at all GP’s including out of hours practitioners.  The guidance can be accessed at:

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/quality-first/manage-inappropriate-workload/patients-presenting-with-possible-dental-problems

More information on how to access local dental services, including urgent dental services, can be accessed via the following links:

Hampshire:

http://www.hampshiredentalhelpline.nhs.uk/dental-emergency.asp

Dorset:

https://www.swast.nhs.uk/welcome/what-we-do/nhs-111

Wiltshire, BaNES & Swindon:

http://www.gwh.nhs.uk/wards-and-services/a-to-z/dental-services/community-dental-service/urgent-dental-care/

Further Guidance

A useful poster to display in the waiting room can be found on the following website which informs patients that antibiotics do not cure toothache and patients should see their dentist.

http://www.fgdp.org.uk/_assets/pdf/consultation%20responses/ab%20poster.pdf

 

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