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


Personal Dental Services at Elwy Dental Practice

To Our Patients...

From the 6th September 2005 this practice is working with the Denbigshire and Conwy Local Health Boards and the NHS nationally to improve the way NHS dental care is organised. This is ahead of changes to all NHS dental practices that will take place by April 2006. This will reform the arrangements for NHS dental care, which have remained largely unaltered since 1948.

Our commitment to you will continue. We will endeavour to make the changes as smooth as possible but we ask for your patience, understanding and cooperation.

The Changes and what it Means for You 

  • The main changes will be the way practices are organised.
  • You should not notice any major changes. We will continue to offer all necessary NHS dental care and choices of treatments in addition to NHS care.
  • You will remain registered with the practice for your care.
  • Your access to necessary urgent care will be improved.
  • You will continue to pay for your care, with the Government co-funding 20% of the costs of your necessary care, but this may change in April 2006. Exempt and remitted groups will still be able to receive free dental care or help with the cost of their dental care.
  • Your dentist will advise you when you should come again for a check up. In the past this was normally every six months, for most patients this will be a year from now on, but if you have a worry or problem you can of course come at any time.


  • We will keep you informed of developments.

  • We always welcome feedback, if you have any comments or worries please speak to any member of staff or write to us if you wish to. If you need more help you may contact Denbighshire Local Health Board, Conwy Local Health Board or the Practice Manager.

  • We may, later this year, write to you and ask for your views on how the service is working