February Covid Briefing 
Warnings of dentistry crisis as public concerns continue
In a follow-up review of people's feedback on dentistry, Healthwatch England looked at a further 1,129 people’s experiences of accessing dental care, received between October and December 2020.

Some NHS dental patients are being asked to pay for private appointments to get treatment while others face two-year waits.
 This creates a real barrier for everyone, particularly for people on low incomes, to receive vital treatment.

While one individual was charged £500 for an extraction of a single tooth, another person was offered a procedure for £1,700, which was £60 on the NHS.

Sir Robert Francis QC, Chair of Healthwatch England, said: 

 “Our findings show that access to dental care is currently neither equal nor inclusive, leading to traumatic experiences for many people.   

“This provides yet more evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the human impact of years of structural issues in NHS dentistry and is now pushing it to crisis point."

Click HERE to read more information about this story. 

Have your say and tell us, your local Health and Social Care champion in West Berkshire your own experience of dental services during covid-19 by filling in our
 short anonymous survey.
Key workers in West Berkshire offered rapid
coronavirus tests twice a week starting this week

West Berkshire's first lateral flow testing site has opened on 8th February 2021 at Highwood Copse Primary School for critical and key workers, with up to three more centres in the east and west of the district to follow in the coming weeks.

If you are a critical or key worker, you will need to book an appointment to visit the testing site and other sites that are due to open soon.

The centres will be open before and after work hours and key workers will be offered lateral flow tests that provide results in around 30 minutes.

Here to learn more about Lateral Flow Testing in West Berkshire.

Click Here or on the image below to view Berkshire Public Health Covid-19 Dashboard and see the latest Covid-19 data. 

Great Western Hospital offering patients the option
to access their appointment information online
Great Western Hospital has partnered with Dr Doctor to offer patients the option to access their appointment information online.

If you have received a text or email notification for your upcoming appointment, please log in to the Patient Portal
HERE to access your appointment information online.

The online portal allows you to:
 View and download appointment letters
•    View the location of your appointment
•    View important clinical information
•    Add your appointment to your personal calendar
•    Request to cancel or reschedule your appointment
•    Receive appointment reminders
•    Have video consultations with your care team

If you have any questions, please see the Frequently asked questions page on the Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust website.
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