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Facebook campaign to fill Bridlington dental places

An East Yorkshire dental practice which has 2,000 spare places is using the internet to try and attract patients.

The VI Dental Centre in Bridlington was given funding for 10,000 new places but has been unable to fill all of them.

Staff are now using social-networking sites Facebook and Twitter to try and recruit more patients to the NHS practice.

Dentist Dr Maria Van-Reij said: "Patients are not coming through the door fast enough."

A spokeswoman for NHS East Riding of Yorkshire said it had invested about £65,000 over two years in Bridlington's dental services.

"We have been actively seeking to encourage more people back to the NHS," she added.

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