My last blog was about toothache and the simply wonderful way I was treated in my early years experience in the completely free NHS. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I didn’t go again for another 25 years.
Now just as I was plucking up the courage to go for another regular 25 year check up I find that the NHS does not do teeth any more. At least not in more than half the country and in the other half you have to go on a waiting list for 6 months —— not exactly ideal if you have raging toothache.
The NHS Choices website is a source of useless information —- it tells you that in 40% of the country dentists are not accepting new NHS patients and in the other 60% they don’t have any information. That’s a great choice when you are in agony.
You could of course go private, but not if you are a new patient and want free NHS treatment. Private dentists have got to keep up their standards —- of living that is. And anyway if you have read my last blog you will know they are all called Miles or Dr Mengele. And they don’t give you chloroform any more. Sounds like torture to me!