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ACCESSING DENTAL SERVICES IN STAFFORDSHIRE

You should contact your usual practice if you need dental treatment and advice on alternative arrangements will be given.

In line with national guidance issued in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, dental practices in Staffordshire are currently closed for routine “face to face” dental appointments.

People seeking help with dental problems should not visit local dental practices in person but instead contact their usual practice by phone, between the hours of 9am -5pm, Monday to Friday, for information for advice on alternative arrangements in place. Outside normal hours or if a patient does not have a dentist, they should contact NHS 111.

All local practices are offering telephone or video-link consultations and can prescribe pain killers and antibiotics if needed. The practices will triage patients and be able to directly refer those in need of urgent face to face treatment to an Urgent Dental Care site where they can be seen. 

People seeking help should not visit A&E departments or GP surgeries for dental care.

There are currently five operational urgent dental centres (UDCs) across Staffordshire for patients who are showing no Covid-19 symptoms. More local sites will be opened in the future according to demand.  

For safety, a separate site is operational in Staffordshire that is designated for patients who are possible or confirmed COVID-19 patients, including patients with symptoms, or those living in their household.

There are also a further three specialist sites operational across Staffordshire thatwill treat shielded patients.  The Community Dental Service are continuing to provide urgent care to many of the shielded patients already using their service.

No patient walk in services are permitted as we must reduce the risk to the dental profession. 

It is very important for their own safety that patients are clear about whether they have a temperature, are symptomatic, self-isolating or in a vulnerable or shielded group.

Labour County Councillors call for Household Recycling Centres in Staffordshire to be reopened urgently

Cllr Charlotte Atkins and Cllr Kyle Robinson call on Staffordshire County Council to reopen the Household waste and recycling centres.

With a surge in flytipping, advice from Staffordshire fire service against lighting bonfires and complaints from residents troubled by smoke from waste burning which aggravates their breathing difficulties, it is now time to urgently reopen Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres. 

Labour’s Leader of the Opposition, County Councillor Charlotte Atkins and Deputy Leader County Councillor Kyle Robinson have raised their concerns with County Council leaders. Their response has been that coordination is required to ensure all waste tips open at the same time and that Government guidelines mean that drivers taking waste to tips might be fined as these trips would be classed as non essential.

County Councillor Charlotte Atkins who represents Leek South said:

‘It is perfectly possible for tips to be opened and for social distancing to be observed. People queue to get into supermarkets so why not in their cars at recycling centres? 

‘Some councils have already reopened their tips as disposing of excess waste has now become vital for many families who are generating far more while stuck at home trying to keep their children occupied and safe. I am sure our ingenious Staffordshire County staff could find a way to reopen the sites safely for limited periods with access controlled. Otherwise we are going to be

overwhelmed by more flytipping.’

County Councillor Kyle Robinson who represents the communities of Butt Lane,Talke and Red Street said:

‘I have received numerous complaints from local residents about the nuisance of an increase in people burning household waste in their gardens. This is having a detrimental impact on the health and well – being of people and putting an added burden on our local fire service.

‘I understand the desperation of families trying to dispose of excess waste by burning it. But in densely populated communities like Butt Lane, Talke, Red Street and Kidsgrove any fire impacts badly on neighbours and can be incredibly harmful to those with existing breathing difficulties. We need to have the tips reopened urgently to avoid community frustration with the lack of action turning into anger.’

Sneak Peek of future Kidsgrove Railway Station Improvements

The Department of Transport has confirmed that long-awaited plans for improvements to Kidsgrove Railway Station are set to go ahead on schedule.  Local residents have been campaigning for years to secure improvements, including a new pedestrian bridge and lift, in order to improve transport networks in the town.  Construction could now begin as early as April next year.  This decision also means that third party funding for a new car park and transport interchange will likely remain secure.

Ruth Smeeth MP, who has been working with the campaign and who recently met with the Transport Minister to lobby him on the issue, has welcomed the news.

Ruth said : “It’s absolutely brilliant news that these works finally have the all clear.  Kidsgrove station is a vital transport hub for the community and these improvements will be a big boost.  I had a productive meeting with the Transport Minister where we discussed the potential benefits of these renovations.  I’m delighted that he has recognised the value that this investment will bring.  This is the culmination of many years of hard work from so many local residents, Councillors and community organisations who have been advocating for these works for a long, long time.”

Councillor Kyle Robinson said: “When we launched our ‘bridge to equality’ petition in September 2013, we had everything crossed and hoped that the Government would listen.  After a lot of lobbying from our MP and members of the community, we are finally moving forward.  Almost £4 Million will be invested into this scheme and Kidsgrove will have a modern transport hub fit for the 21st Century.”

Kyle added: “While this is all very positive news I was disappointed to learn that the Department of Transport announced Kidsgrove will lose its direct service to London.  This will mean that passengers travelling to London from Kidsgrove will need to change over at Stoke or Stafford stations.  However, Kidsgrove will gain a new direct service to Birmingham New Street which opens our area up to jobs in that region.  It is important that all our local representatives continue to lobby the Department for Transport for the best possible deal for the people of Kidsgrove.”

Thank you to East Midlands Trains and Network Rail for allowing us to share this video with the public.