Views wanted to shape new dental plans

Residents across Calderdale are being urged to have their say and help shape dental services.

The NHS locally is asking people to help them in the task of planning a new service for the whole of West Yorkshire by sharing their experiences of unplanned or urgent dental services in their area.

There are currently five services across West Yorkshire providing unplanned or urgent dental care.

These services are for people without a regular dentist who need treatment or who need treatment urgently but cannot access their regular dentist, for example during a bank holiday or out of their normal working hours.

Dentist David Wood, who is leading the work to look at the new service, said: “We are really keen to hear from people to ensure we create the right service for the future.

“There are benefits to having a West Yorkshire-wide service for patients and these will include increased choice.

“People will no longer be limited to accessing the service in their own district – for example Calderdale - but will have choice across West Yorkshire.

“This could be an advantage if you live and work in different areas, and need to see a dentist urgently.

“We are asking residents across West Yorkshire to let us know their views before April 26.

“These views will then be assessed, along with information about clinical quality and financial sustainability, to plan the new service to start in spring 2014.”

The contracts for the five services, which were managed by the primary care trusts covering Airedale, Bradford, Leeds and Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, come to an end in March 2014.

A new service needs to be provided across the whole of West Yorkshire.

All treatment for life threatening dental emergencies is accessed through the 999 service and will continue to be.

For more information about the dental scheme and to fill in the online questionnaire visit

Alternatively people can call 01484 464025 to request a printed version of the survey.