NHS dentist: latest news

Written by Tony Millett on .

With the NHS Kennet River Dental Practice's contract ending on 31 December and not being renewed, the search is on for a new dental service provider for Marlborough and the surrounding villages.

NHS England - the organisation that commissions NHS dentistry - has already opened and closed a tender process. 

A spokesperson from NHS England told marlborough.news:  “We have invited all interested parties to take part in the tender process and are currently evaluating bids for the dental contract based in Marlborough town centre. The successful provider will be contacted in January 2019, to formalise arrangements going forward."

"Should the successful bidder have existing dental premises, the new service will start as soon as possible. However if the chosen provider requires new premises, we have allowed extra time to allow for preparation of clinical services. With this in mind we have allowed extra time to implement the new contract."

"As an interim measure, we are making arrangements for patients in urgent need of dental care to be able to access the Dental Access centres in both Wiltshire and Swindon and for those requiring routine dental care we are talking to other dental practices in the area to provide a temporary service until the new contract is up and running.”