Hadleigh dental practice confirms it will remain open

A Toothless in Suffolk protest.

There is concern over the future of NHS dental provision in Hadleigh. Pictured in a previous Toothless in Suffolk protest - Credit: Brittany Woodman

A Hadleigh dental practice that offers national health provision has confirmed that it is definitely not closing amid speculation over its future.

The mydentist in Meadows Way had become the subject of web speculation.

A spokesperson for mydentist said: “There are no plans to close the dental practice.

"We are exploring the option of selling the practice, but that is very much with a view to dental provision continuing under new ownership. We will keep patients informed of any practice changes.”

The Toothless in Suffolk campaign had commented on the emerging story, saying Hadleigh residents, alongside those living in most other parts of Suffolk, would feel betrayed by a system that they were paying for if they lost their NHS dental practice.

Earlier in the year, mydentist closed in Leiston, leaving the town with no dental practices.

mydentist is a national chain of practices and has other branches in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and Woodbridge. 

Toothless in Suffolk has recently gone national in its campaign for local NHS dental provision for everyone.

We revealed last month how access to an NHS dentist in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds as a new patient is virtually non-existent.

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