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The man left furious after being told he could wait 10 years for a dentist appointment

The 50-year-old patient from Leeds had been trying to see a dentist before the pandemic and was told he could wait another eight years when trying to register for a practice

The patient tried to see a dentist even before the pandemic
The patient tried to see a dentist even before the pandemic (stock image)

A Brit was furious after being told he might have to wait a total of 10 years for a dentist appointment.

It comes as the NHS faces a huge backlog of appointments for patients, leaving dentistry “hanging by a thread”.

The 50-year-old patient from Leeds had been trying to see a dentist before the pandemic hit. LeedsLive reports

He had been fired from the Fountain dental practice after failing to show up for an appointment and found he faced an eight-year wait when he attempted to rejoin.

The unnamed patient said: “I searched the internet for dentists who take NHS patients and the website said Fountain Medical Center is taking patients.”

The patient said he then emailed the practice to get back on the registration list.







The Fountain Dental Practice informed the patient that he was facing an eight-year wait
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After years of allegedly waiting and needing an appointment, he sent the practice Tuesday (Jan NHS patient please Thanks.”

The dentist responded, saying he would have to wait up to eight years to get back on the list.

The email read: “Hi, thank you for contacting the practice.

“We’re adding new patients to the waiting list, but that waiting list has a waiting time of about eight years.

“If you would like your details to be added to our waiting list, please contact the practice and provide us with your phone number so that we can contact you when we reach your name.

“I would also advise getting on as many waiting lists as possible.

“There are others that are much shorter. If you are in pain I would advise calling 111 – the NHS emergency number.”

The frustrated former patient posted a screenshot of the email online, which garnered hundreds of replies as he said: “Get an orderly queue, folks”.

The 50-year-old added: “I understand the NHS is underfunded but it seems going private is the only way now.”

Luckily, after sharing the post online, someone who works at another dental practice near where he lives came forward to help.

His experience comes after the 50-year-old added: “I understand the NHS is underfunded but it seems going private is the only way now.”

Luckily, after sharing the post online, someone who works at another dental practice near where he lives came forward to help.

His experience comes after NHS England announced it would give dentists an extra £50million to provide additional urgent care to NHS patients.

The unprecedented backlog has left dentistry “hanging by a thread” as many dentists seek career changes or seek early retirement.

General Dental Practice Committee Chair Shawn Charlwood said: “Any additional funding is a long overdue recognition of the huge backlog facing NHS dentistry.”

Fountain Dental Practice has been contacted for comment.

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