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Dental Services

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental accident and emergency units there are in England. (212212)

There are 203 major multi-specialty consultant-led accident and emergency (A and E) units in England. Major multi-specialty A and E units accept all accident and emergency patients including dental emergencies unless otherwise specified. There are also 82 consultant led single speciality A and E units, of which five have been specifically self reported by the NHS as dental units.

Minor dental emergencies such as acute toothache are usually treated through primary dental care out of hours services. Out of hours primary care is provided through high street dentists and in some areas local dental access centres. Major emergencies requiring maxo facial surgery would be referred either direct or via A and E to these specialist secondary care services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people saw an NHS dentist at least once in the year from (a) 1 March 2006 and (b) 1 March 2007. (212668)

Information on the number of people seen by an NHS dentist in a 12 month period could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information is available and is published each quarter on the number of patients seen by an NHS dentist, in England in a 24 month period. The latest information is available in Table CI of Annex 3 of the ‘NHS Dental Statistics for England: Quarter 3, 31 December 2007’ report. Information is available for the 24-month periods ending 31 March 2006, 31 March 2007, 30 June 2007, 30 September 2007 and 31 December 2007.

This report was published by the Information Centre for health and social care on 5 June 2008. Copies are available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dentalstats0708q3

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dental practices have (a) opened and (b) closed in each constituency in each year since 1997-98. (213676)

Information on the number of national health service dental practices that have opened or closed is not collected centrally.

The number of NHS dental practices in England, as at 31 March of each year from 1997 to 2006, is available at Table 7 in the “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006”. This information is based on the old dental contractual arrangements which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Dental Services Division (DSD) can provide validated information on the number of NHS dental practices by constituency only at disproportionate cost.

This publication is available in the Library and is also available on the information centre for health and social care at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/primary-care/dentistry/nhs-dental-activity-and-workforce-report-england-31-march-2006

Under the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, NHSBSA DSD can provide validated information on the number of NHS dental practices only at disproportionate cost.