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Last Updated: Monday, 2 May, 2005, 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK
Hundreds queue up for NHS dentist
People queuing at dentist.
The surgery says it hopes to take on a total of 2,000 new patients.
A dentist has registered more than 800 new NHS patients after taking on two new dentists at his surgery.

Phil Loughnane said some queued for two-and-a-half hours to secure a place at the Chipping Manor Dental Practice in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire.

"We were prepared for a lot of people and the first person through the surgery doors received a bottle of champagne," he said.

The surgery says it plans to take a total of 2,000 new NHS patients.

Mr Loughnane added: "We thought it was important that local people got the first chance to register. We didn't want the people of Wotton to miss out."

He said the shortage of dentists taking NHS patients was not as much of a problem around Wotton-under-Edge as it was in some areas.

"I don't think things are too bad here. Because there is no such thing as an NHS dentist it is a case of there being some practices that will register NHS patients and some that won't," he said.




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