Information from the NHS Find a Dentist website has been analysed to get a broad overview of nearby practices currently accepting (or not) new NHS patients. Recognising that many residents will travel out of the BLAP area for dentistry, all practices within 16 miles of Bridport are included (thereby taking in Dorchester, Weymouth and Yeovil).
As the table below shows, the website lists 41 dental practices within that distance threshold (though at least one practice is known to be missing). The analysis finds that:
- There are no practices currently stating that they will accept new NHS patients;
- Two practices linked to Dorchester and Yeovil NHS hospitals will treat their patients;
- However, over half of practices have not provided the NHS with up-to-date information.