Urgent dental work could be moved from QA

ON THE MOVE? Changes to dental work contracts are coming
ON THE MOVE? Changes to dental work contracts are coming

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EMERGENCY dental services at Queen Alexandra Hospital are under threat of relocation.

The service is currently provided by Southern Health NHS Trust.

But its contract is due to run out at the end of March this year, and is not being renewed.

From April, a new provider will take over – and that could take the service out of QA.

Patient Marilyn Chapman, of Russell Road, in Lee-on-the-Solent, is concerned.

The 67-year-old said: ‘It’s such a valuable service.

‘I used it because I thought I had a dental abscess, but my filling had come loose.

‘It was agonising pain, and I couldn’t see my regular dentist as it was the weekend, so I had to go to QA.

‘I felt bad going, but I was in so much pain I needed to get it sorted.

‘The staff were brilliant and it’s a great pity if it were lost.

‘It’s quite a central location for people to get to, and I won’t be happy if it goes.’

Primary Care Trust (PCT) Ship, which covers Hampshire and Portsmouth, is the current commissioner.

Natalie Jones, head of dental services commissioning and contracting, said: ‘The PCT and Southern Health NHS Trust have agreed the contract it currently holds for emergency dental services will end on March 31.

‘Emergency dental provision will not however stop after this date.

‘The PCT is currently arranging alternative service provision, which will see out-of-hours dental care in more locations, and with increased hours in some areas.

‘We are still working on exact locations, but will publicise these once confirmed so people are aware.’

As contracts have not been signed, the PCT said it is not in a position to confirm the name of the provider.

The service will be paid for by the National Commissioning Board, from April.