People living in Stoke-on-Trent have expressed their frustration at being unable to get a dental appointment.
Dozens of StokeonTrentLive readers have taken to social media to say they can’t get a routine appointment in North Staffordshire despite dental surgeries being permitted to be open during the lastest lockdown.
It comes after a Stoke-on-Trent dentist called on patients to attend dental appointments following an increase in undetected oral cancer.
However, many patients say despite trying to get an appointment they have been refused – with many saying routine check ups have been cancelled.
Jane Barker said: “My dental practice has cancelled mine and my daughters check ups four times this year saying it’s not an emergency so can’t do it.
“Should have gone in March, July, August and they cancelled again last week.”
Jenny Pritchard says her and her son were meant to go in April.
She said: “We’ve had our appointment cancelled by the dentist three times and our next appointment is now January so it’ll be at least 12 months since we have been. What are we meant to do when they keep cancelling on us?”
Lisa Reeves agrees. She said: “I can’t even make an appointment never mind miss one. And my partner’s filling has been missing since the first lockdown and they’ve not rang him back to get it sorted out.”
Teresa Pass says her family’s appointments were cancelled by her dental practice in August and Gemma Shaw said she would go to the dentist – if he didn’t keep moving her appointments back by 6 months.
She said: “I should have been in June 2020 then moved to December 2020 and now it’s June 2021. It will be at least 18 months between check ups by the time I go to my next appointment.
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Chris Locket and Fay John are among dozens of people who say they can’t get an appointment either with Chris saying he ended up phoning as an emergency after suffering with an abscess.
Meanwhile Olwen Jones said: “From someone who has had oral cancer, please observe everything in your mouth, if it doesn’t go in three weeks then see a dentist.
“Mine started as a small lump under the tongue, the size of a wart, by the time I had my operation this had ulcerated and was spreading, but it was still in early stages.
“My operation was a big one, and I still got effects from it. The surgeon who did my operation now works at Stoke. Your very lucky to have him.
“They took a graft off my forearm to fill where they cut the cancer away, I had another graft from my stomach to fill in the arm and I lost the tip of my tongue so my speech and eating is affected.”