COVID-19: What we know about accessing dentistry

Healthwatch across Yorkshire & the Humber have come together to provide feedback about access to NHS dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. For many people, COVID-19 has compounded issues around access to care and treatment, particularly dentistry
Dentist with a patient

The feedback in this report has been received from 9 out of 15 Healthwatch across Yorkshire and the Humber. Those Healthwatch are: Bradford, Calderdale, Doncaster, Kingston-Upon-Hull, Kirklees, Leeds, Rotherham, Sheffield and Wakefield. 

Whilst there are justifiable reasons why NHS dental care was paused, there are a concerning number of stories about people in significant pain, unable to get appropriate help, and examples of directives that have been given from NHS England, that are not being delivered upon at a local level.

Why did we collect this feedback?

We are hoping that by providing this data, we will achieve the following things:

  • Clear information about the availability of dental care
  • Review and reset planning related to access to dental care
  • Review of the impact of limited dental access on health inequalities


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