We recognise that NHS patients can now receive the full range of NHS treatments, however dental practices have not returned to business as usual.

Current restrictions mean that the number of available patient appointments are far lower than they were pre-Covid.

Additionally, as patients have not been seen for routine care for the past 15 months, all dental practices have a huge challenge in attending to the backlog of treatment. Consequently, patients are being prioritised based on their oral health needs.

Once this challenging period has been overcome, we hope to be able to return to some normality with regards to availability of appointments. However, we do not foresee this being possible for many months.

Please be reassured that we are working extremely hard to provide the care you need. We share the same frustrations about this situation as you do and are doing are utmost during these difficult times.

Emergency and urgent care continues to be our main priority. Therefore, please contact us on 0131 466 8206 if you need to be seen as an emergency for pain, infection, trauma or any worrying patch in your mouth.

Thank you for your continued patience.

BRIAN CLOUGH BDS BSc Hons PG Cert Imp Dent (NHS Lothian)



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