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Dentists adopt e-registrations

12th April 2006
Prospective patients for eight new NHS dental practices being set up in North Wales are being encouraged to apply for registration online or by text.

Online and text list application was stipulated by the local health boards as part of the tender for supplying NHS dentistry services. The contract was awarded to Norwich-based private healthcare company Oasis Dental Care.

Adverts placed in the local Welsh press explained that every household applying online or by SMS will be entered into a lottery for registration. If successful, their chosen practice will telephone for a registration appointment. As well as online or text application, people can also phone a hotline or apply by post. The move is designed to prevent people from queuing up outside to register.

Critics of the scheme have expressed concern that the process will disadvantage those who are not familiar with the new technologies.

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Article Information

Title: Dentists adopt e-registrations
Author: Chris May
Article Id: 286
Date Added: 12th Apr 2006

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