If you live in Cleator Moor, and aren’t registered with an NHS dentist, Cumbria Healthwatch wants to hear from you.
The dental practice in Cleator Moor closed in 2016 and, since then, only about 70% of its NHS patients have been provided for – at practices between four and 30 miles away. Even now there is still a shortfall of thousands of NHS dental places in the area.
A Healthwatch spokesperson said:
"It could be that you have had to travel many miles to see an NHS dentist. Maybe you have had to pay a lot of money for private treatment. Or perhaps your child’s dental health is suffering. Please get in touch and share your views.
"The area has significantly higher rates of tooth decay in small children than the rest of the country and the lack of NHS dental care also creates issues for those who are unable to travel or have special dental needs.
"Healthwatch Cumbria is helping to come up with a solution, bringing representatives together from the public, health professionals and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to bring sustainable dental provision to West Cumbria.
"Healthwatch Cumbria needs to hear the experiences of people in Cleator Moor who are not registered with an NHS dentist. They will use your first hand experiences to raise these issues with the people who commission dental services and shape policy at the highest level."
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