Special Care Dentistry Scheme for South Holland patients from next month

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Patients across South Holland will be able to take advantage of advanced dental care from next month.

NHS England is launching a Special Care Dentistry Service for patients in Lincolnshire, including homeless and vulnerable people.

The service, aimed at what NHS England describes as “special care needs” patients starts on Thursday, December 1, and runs for seven years, with an option for a further three-year extension.

Dianne Pegg, Head of Primary Care for NHS England in Lincolnshire, said: “This is good news for people in the county with special care needs as patients will be able to continue to access special care dentistry services in existing community clinics.

“The scheme also provides long-term stability for staff in each location as their existing contracts will be transferred to the new arrangements.”

The Special Care Dentistry Service is for people whose oral care needs, either ongoing or part of a single treatment plan, cannot be met through other NHS primary care dental contracts because of additional needs, such as medical, physical or behavioural.

Ms Pegg said: “NHS England would like to formally thank Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust for delivering the Lincolnshire Special Care Dentistry Service.”