"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Friday, July 07, 2006

Dentists again

If you've been around this blog for a while, you may remember that, from time to time, I have ranted about the disgraceful dearth of dentists in these parts - NHS dentists, that is. There is dental care to be had if you are able to fork out, so you do have a choice; pay large sums of money, notwithstanding the fact that you already pay your National Insurance contributions or hope you never need dental intervention on your pearly whites.
Now however, in the peaceful land of Jennyta, something wonderful has happened. The tooth fairies have arrived - the NHS tooth fairies and not only that but they have set up camp only five minutes down the road from our ancestral pile! Invitiations to apply to register as patients appeared surreptitiously in the chemist's and I duly applied on behalf of Keith and myself.
Today, a message on the answer machine invited us to ring for an appointment. OK so it's not until September and Keith will moan about going but at last we have what everyone should have, an NHS dentist.

7 comments:

  1. Congrats on discovering that rarest of beasts. The NHS dentist.
    If you will excuse the pun, they are like hen's teeth.

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  2. Good news indeed, Jenny! And about time!

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  3. Thank you both. I'm delighted. Keith is too(?)

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  4. Didn't realise it was so hard to find a dentist back home...but then I have been gone for a number of years and I do appreciate things have changed - a lot!

    Just seems amusing that one has to "apply" ...makes it almost seem like a lottery.

    Having said that, my own pearly whites are a testament to the lack of a good orthodontist in my youth. Yep, I have an awful overbite!

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  5. Ohhh you are so lucky. Here our waiting lists are backed up over 2 years. We usually go private, and the $$$$$$$$ they charge is down right robbery :(

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  6. Wow...at last, good for you :o)

    Me...I'm still dentist-less, no surprise there then! ;o)

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  7. Surely the capital city is crawling with them, Jane?

    Sue, the situation has come about because dentists say that it doesn't pay them adequately to do NHS work and there is too much red tape involved.

    Michelle, I didn't realise things were bad over there too.

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