WIGAN’S NHS dentists are some of the best performing in the North West according to a report.
Figures released by the Department of Health revealed that the patients were able to get appointments quicker than other areas of the region.
According to the GP Patient Survey Dental results, 97 per cent of NHS patients who tried to get an appointment between January and March this year were successful, as supposed to the North West average of 95 per cent and national average of 96 per cent.
Over the past six months, the borough matched the North West average of 96 per cent and also found that 96 per cent of patients managed to get an appointment over the past year. Ms Jackie Forshaw, NHS Associate Director, said: “Figures show that there has been an increase in access over the last two years and especially in the last three months.
“This reflects the commitment and hard work of local dentists to accommodate new patients and the additional investment by NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, along with robust monitoring of dental contracts to ensure that recall intervals are in line with NICE guidelines to provide additional capacity”.
The survey asked 1.4 million adults about access to NHS dentistry in the previous two years.
Participants were asked if they had tried to obtain an appointment with an NHS dentist, and if so, whether it was with a practice they had been to before and had they been successful.
The statistics also found that the highest number of patients who filled in the survey were aged between 35 and 44, and that more women than men took part.
Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (WBCCG) advise people who do not have a dentist but need one to phone the helpline on 01942 614 390.
There is also an Urgent Dental Out-of-Hours Service available from Friday 5.30pm to Monday 8.30am. Appointments can be made on 01942 614 376.