PATIENTS in Rotherham who need emergency dental appointments will be asked to call a new telephone number from next week as the service transfers from NHS Rotherham to the Dental Access Centre.
The new number - 0845 155 0845 - is for people to ring who are not registered with a dentist or cannot get an appointment and are suffering dental trauma.
If appropriate, they will be offered an appointment with either a Rotherham dentist or at the Dental Access Centre at either Mexborough or Doncaster.
The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 9.30pm and on weekends and bank holidays between 12.30pm and 5pm.
Helen Wyatt, Patient Advice Liason Manager at NHS Rotherham, said: “We are transferring the service to the Dental Access Centre as we believe patients will receive a better service. Their need for an emergency appointment can be better assessed by trained dental staff which will enable a better use of resources.
For a full list of dentists accepting new patients in Rotherham visit: www.rotherham.nhs.uk or telephone NHS Rotherham PALS on 01709 302108.