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December 2023: Need to see a dentist for urgent dental care? Help for Reading locals.

Dentistry continues to be an ongoing national crisis, and Reading is no exception. We continue to see residents struggling to register and/or find appointments with local NHS dentists.

We are in regular contact with NHS England - South East Dental to ensure you have the latest information on local dentistry.

Currently there are NHS dental practices across Berkshire offering additional NHS appointments (also known as the extra hours scheme) for anyone who needs urgent or emergency dental care only.

This includes Reading residents. Some of these dental surgeries are outside of Reading but you can still attend these.

For urgent and emergency dental treatment, we recommend you call the dental practices below as soon as they open each morning to make an appointment. Appointments get filled quickly. Please also mention Healthwatch Reading when speaking to the dental practice about your urgent dental problem or emergency.

Please note these sessions are not for routine dental care unless you are clinically vulnerable (including but not the full list; cardiac patients, cancer patients, immuno suppressed), Looked After Children or a Care Home resident.

As of 8th December 2023, you can call the following dental practices and make an appointment if you are a Reading resident needing urgent or emergency dental care, or if you are clinically vulnerable. Please mention Healthwatch Reading:

You can find more information and advice on how to access dental care in Reading here.

We will continue to update this page as and when more dental practices come on board and/or have NHS spaces, and when more appointments become available across Reading.

Do let us know if any local dental practices are taking on new NHS patients too and we can update this page - thank you.

We continue to welcome your views and experiences on dental services in Reading which will be used anonymously to inform local NHS dental leaders of the dental crisis in Reading. Your feedback can be submitted here.

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