If you require information on the current situation regarding availability of NHS dentistry then the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can advise. Tel: 0800 328 5620. (Please note this is an advice service and PALS will only contact dental practices on your behalf in exceptional circumstances.) Or telephone your local dental practice direct for availability.

If you have a query or concern about your dental care then PALS will try to help to resolve the problem.

If you are looking for a dentist in the North East Essex area, please telephone 0845 0833 337. You can talk to an adviser who will be able to offer information on accessing a dental practice which is taking on new patients, information on dental charges, advice on how to make a complaint and details of the out-of-hours service. This helpline service is available from 8am-6.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Emergency Out-of-Hours Dental Service

In an emergency only, you can ring the out-of-hours NHS dental service on 0845 602 5238 (local rate).

You will be able to get advice, self help and access to a centre for pain relief and, if necessary, make an appointment to see a dentist the next day. The out-of-hours service is available 6.30pm-8am, Monday to Friday, and 10am-1pm/2pm-5pm, weekends and Bank Holidays.