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Devon dental hotline extended to Plymouth

A telephone hotline has started in Plymouth for people requiring information about dental care.

The Devon Dental Hotline provides information about emergency care and practice registration. It previously operated in Torbay and Devon.

There are currently 4,316 people waiting for a place at a dental practice in the city to become available, the NHS said.

The helpline will operate between 08:00-18:00 Monday to Friday.

Andrew Harris, head of dental services for NHS Devon, Plymouth and Torbay said: "There are still challenges and we're bringing in the helpline to provide Plymouth residents with the same access as patients in Devon and Torbay already have."

Mr Harris said the number of people waiting for dental services had reduced from more than 7,000 people 18 months ago to just over 4,000. The average wait for someone to be allocated a dentist in the city was two months.

He said: "We've invested over £500,000 in creating extra places within the city and we're also working on expanding existing provision in Ernesettle and Cattedown.

"We're expecting at least 5,000 will become available over the next 12 months and the helpline will be instrumental in helping people get the places."

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