Spalding could soon have a new '8 to 8' dental service under plans by NHS England
A new 12 hours a day, seven days a week, dental service could be coming to Spalding for March 2020.
Plans to improve dental care for patients in the town with a so-called "8 to 8" practice are found in a new report from NHS England.
The new service, likely to be based at a vacant property in Winsover Road, would offer both urgent and routine care for patients not registered with a dental practice.
Sleaford-based JDSP Dental Limited, part of Treeline Dental Care which also has surgeries in Lincoln and Nottingham, is the "preferred bidder" for the new service which would be available 365 days a year.
The NHS England report said: "The Midlands regional office has developed commissioning intentions to improve access to NHS dental services.
"A new 8 to 8 service model based in Spalding is due to commence on March 1, 2020, and the preferred bidder will have a six-month mobilisation period to establish the new service.
"The 8 to 8 practice will provide services between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week, 365 days year, with a model of care designed to offer routine, as well as urgent care for patients not linked to a dental practice.
"The services are also expected to encourage patients into routine care, either at the site or with other local dental practices."
NHS England also confirmed plans for an "extended access" service in Spalding open on Mondays to Fridays, between 9am and 5pm.
However, no preferred bidder has been identified for this service which would include the option of early morning or early evening, as well as Saturday morning sessions of between one and a half and three and a half hours each.
An NHS England/NHS Improvement (Midlands) spokesman said: "We are currently exploring interim and longer term solutions to address this issue for extended access services in Spalding."
The new dental services in Spalding run alongside plans to improve care generally acrossSouth Holland, details of which were shared with district councillors by the county's NHS chief officer John Turner at a meeting last month.
Mr Turner said: "We're looking to increase the amount of care that people can get locally."
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