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New Dental Access Centre for Manchester

A new Dental Access Centre (DAC) based at Manchester Dental Hospital on Oxford Road will open to patients from Friday 1 September 2006. The new DAC is being funded by the Department of Health. The DAC will have two dedicated full time dentists who will be able to see and treat additional patients everyday. Charges for certain treatment will be applied the same as in primary dental care practices. The Dental Access Centre will be open between the hours of 9am and 5pm daily, Monday to Friday. Each day a service will be provided to deal with either: • Urgent relief of pain. People accessing this service will be treated as emergency attendances and no charge to the patient will be made for this service. • Treatment service beyond immediate pain relief. Where eligible, the patient will be charged the approved NHS rate for this service. The new Dental Access Centre is a unique facility as it is a primary care service delivered from a secondary care (hospital) setting. This is a joint initiative between Central Manchester Primary Care Trust, which has commissioned the service, and Central Manchester & Manchester Children’s University Hospitals Trust which provides the new service at Manchester Dental Hospital. “The new dental service will improve access to NHS treatment for people who live, work or study in Manchester,” said Sue Assar, Chief Executive of Central Manchester PCT. “It will make a significant difference to a large number of local people and we are delighted that is now up and running.” The Dental Access Centre is one of a number of initiatives that are being developed across the city to increase access to NHS dental care. Note to Editors Under the new PDS dental system introduced on 1 April 2006, patients no longer have to register with a dental practice in order to get treatment. The charging system for NHS dental treatment is now much simpler with three standard charges: • £15.50 – this charge will include an examination, diagnosis and preventive care. If necessary, this will include X-rays, scale and polish, and planning for further treatment • £42.40 – this charge includes all necessary treatment covered by the £15.50 charge plus additional treatment such as fillings, root canal treatment or extractions • £189.00 – this charge includes all necessary treatment covered by the £15.50 and £42.40 charges plus more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures or bridges. Patients eligible for treatment under PDS will be expected to pay for any treatment required which extend beyond the immediate service of pain relief unless they are exempt.