"It takes us about five weeks to see a dentist"

About: HMP Stocken / Primary care

(as the patient),

I went to see the dentist last month because I had toothache. The dentist gave me a check up and said they needed to take my tooth out.

I asked for a filling but they said no because my teeth on the bottom left are bad and are not worth filling. I asked how many teeth they wanted to take out and they said five. I said no and walked out.

My point I want to make is my dentist near my home put a filling in my teeth about three years ago and said if it came out one day to come and see them again and they will put another filling in.

In prison this is completely different and in my experience, the dentist here will not do what the prisoner wants. It also takes us about five weeks to see a dentist.

If somebody is in pain and wants to see the dentist you cant do anything apart from wait and wait until your time comes and be seen in five weeks. When five weeks comes your pain may be gone and the dentist wanted to take five of my teeth out.

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Response from Graham McCrindle, Clinical Matron, HMP Stocken, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to have this posting submitted.

I am sure you will understand that I am not able to comment fully on the care provided by the Dentist.

What I can state is that if you make yourself known to me by use of a PALS form I shall discuss your case with the dental team in order to have your case looked into to.

The Dentist is a professional in his own right and I am not in a position to question his treatment recommendations, but I can discuss youir options with him.

Many thanks again.

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