COVID-19 has brought challenges to the delivery of health and care services and we have been tracking how this is affecting people in Dorset. A lack of access to NHS dentistry has become a major area of public concern in Dorset and across the whole country. We have seen a spike in enquiries from people struggling to get urgent and routine dental care, and from parents seeking dental care for their children.
We wanted to understand more about why people are unable to get the care they need in Dorset, so we contacted all 99 NHS dental practices in the county to investigate the situation. Our findings show why the public are finding it difficult to get the care they need and why the Healthwatch network is calling for a national reform of dental care.