From January 2019, Holmes Chapel Dental practice, located in the main precinct, will no longer offer NHS general dental services. This is a huge blow for m
any in the local community who are unable (or unwilling) to pay for private dental plans.
Patients have been receiving letters from the practice which explains why they have taken this decision.
With no other NHS dentist within walking distance, and with local public transport being so poor, this is going to create problems for many local people who will find themselves looking to register at other dental practices in surrounding towns such as Sandbach, Crewe, Congleton or Middlewich. In particular, vulnerable adults may struggle to arrange travel to alternative locations, and for children, this means them missing more school time unless their parents are prepared to pay for private treatment. Patients who sign up to a membership plan get “discounted” treatment – but, for example, a “simple” extraction will cost £85 and those with a membership plan will get a 15% discount on that.
Children under 13 will be seen free of charge if they have a parent taking out a private membership plan and most standard treatments will be free (if I am reading the letter correctly) but orthodontic and other specialised work will be charged for. Check with the dentist before you sign up.
Existing appointments that have been booked between now and January 1 2019 are being honoured under the NHS arrangements. Beyond that, patients will need to sign up for a membership treatment plan or they can pay as they use.
Will you be staying with the Holmes Chapel Dental Practice as a private patient from January? Vote in our poll on right right hand of the page (at the bottom if viewing on a mobile device).