A dental practice in Newtown is about to close after struggling to attract another dentist to take over the business.
Clifton Dental Practice will close on June 30 following owner Chris Himsworth’s decision to retire after 43 years in dentistry.
“Unfortunately, although we have tried to get someone to carry on the great work we have done here in Newtown, we have not been able to attract another dentist to the area,” Mr Himsworth said. .
Patients have been informed that appointments scheduled after Thursday June 30 are now cancelled.
In a letter to patients, Mr Himsworth added: “After 43 years in dentistry, it is now time for me to retire and spend time with my family and friends. We have made many friends at Over the 26 years we have lived here, it has been very rewarding to build a successful business, and we are proud of our team and the service we have provided over the years.”
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The Welsh Liberal Democrat Party has raised concerns about the closure of a dental practice. Party leader Jane Dodds along with Newtown Central and South councilors David Selby and Kelly Healy have written to the Welsh Government asking them to assess the potential impact on the Newtown area as dental services struggle to do in the face of demand.
Party leader Jane Dodds said: “This latest closure comes as central Wales is already under exorbitant pressure on dental services, particularly for NHS patients.
“We have heard horror stories from people in Mid Wales over the past few months so desperate to get on a practice list they have had to pull their teeth, it is vital that the Labor Party keep control of this crisis.
“Separately, I have also asked the Minister to explain how she envisages further dental reforms leading to an increased capacity of 5,000 new NHS dental patients. achieved, especially if we can’t even attract dentists to replace retiring ones like Clifton, nor is there a specific timeline for achieving that goal.
According to the British Dentistry Association, access to services for new patients in Wales has more than halved since 2012, falling to just 15% of practices accepting new adult patients.
Montgomeryshire Senedd member Russell George said he has received a growing number of concerns from constituents who cannot access dental services.
He raised his concerns with Health Minister Eluned Morgan in the Senedd this week, telling the minister that his local constituents cannot access a local NHS dentist.
Clifton Dental Practice will close on Thursday, June 30.