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Hawkes, Hawkes, LLoyd and McCoubrey 
7 Elwy Street, Rhyl and 1 Chapel Street, Abergele  


Practice News

On the 6th September 2005, Elwy Dental Practice became the first practice in North Wales to change to a new Personal Dental Services contract under the NHS. The aim of this change was to further improve patient care and access to dental services. It will allow us to practice in a more patient-centric manner, focus on each individual patient's needs.


Personal Dental Service .... (in England)

Personal Dental Services were created as part of the Government''s commitment to modernising the NHS to provide accessible and convenient services to patients. The NHS (Primary Care Act) 1997 allowed dentists and NHS Trusts, working with health commissioners to develop and pilot new ways of delivering NHS dentistry. There are currently 100 PDS pilot schemes in England.

Early pilots included a number of general dental practitioners moving into PDS arrangements to test variations from the GDS model. Later waves of PDS concentrated on a Trust led salaried approach, in the main the development of Dental Access Centres which are mainly located in areas with poor oral health. Following work carried out by the then Chief Dental Officer for England a report titled "NHS Dentistry Options for Change" was published in the summer of 2002. Further piloting work is being undertaken and it is likely that in due course arrangements will be in place to offer all dentists more flexible ways of working and opportunities to offer an improved quality of service to patients.

Dr B. Gibbons AM announcing the change to PDS at Elwy Dental Practice.

Modernising NHS Dentistry Read more about the latest proposals for April 2006


Page updated: 29/08/2005