Londoners share genius tips on how to get a dentist appointment, including a way to get free treatment


Londoners took to Reddit to discuss ways to get a dentist appointment. They have been notoriously hard to come by during the Covid-19 pandemic and many surgeries are still not taking NHS patients.

And one person had a problem: “I broke my front tooth a few years ago and had a dentist glue it in. Everything was fine until it fell out a few days ago I’ve been trying to find an NHS dentist for the past few days, but everywhere I’m calling I hear they’re not taking new NHS patients. Only in private. What should I do ? I can’t afford to do it in private.”

And people were quick to share their similar stories of woe: “It’s a national crisis,” said one. “I now live in the north and there is no dental place in the NHS. I have made a formal complaint to the NHS for not providing me with a place. They responded saying there is no there were no dentists, what were they supposed to do about And closed my complaint.

READ MORE: Dentists leaving the NHS in droves as the crisis means people have waited months for an appointment

There’s a clever trick to getting free dentist appointments

“I had one by accidentally having an emotional breakdown at the 6th emergency dentist I had seen in three weeks, and he very kindly offered me a place on his NHS list. not produced, I would have written to my local MP then ask for their help.” Another wrote, “I’m the same. I moved to London 12 years ago and never found a dentist who would take care of me.”

But plenty of people had advice on how to get an appointment, including how to get a free appointment: “You can refer yourself to any of Guys dental schools, Bart’s or Eastmans,” said one, with another person adding to be there “before 8am.” Dental students in London carry out routine examinations and procedures and are supervised by professionals, but as this is a student service it is free.

Another person suggested an extreme measure to get seen: ‘You can just lie it’s a bit of an ad**k move but if you tell 111 it’s very painful they’ll send you on a date “You urgently. I wouldn’t feel too bad about it. It’s not our fault, we have to show it to ‘Mad Max’ to be seen.”

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And several people suggested heading out of the capital to have your teeth checked: “I don’t know what prices are like in London, but I’ve been offered £95 to have mine redone in Buckinghamshire, it might be worth it to travel as a last resort? one said and another wrote ‘I was supposed to go to Tunbridge Wells and I live in Orpington’.

About the delays in getting treatment, a The NHS London spokesperson said: “Due to the pandemic, practices are working extremely hard to resolve dental backlogs and ensure urgent cases are addressed. For those who are suffering or suffering from a facial swelling, London has a round the clock NHS 111 Service, diverting patients to the dental triage service.Patients who do not routinely attend a practice and are unable to find a local practice that has capacity, will get an appointment at an emergency dental clinic.

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