a friend, currently unemployed, has dental problems ongoing but last night found himself in terrible pain and none of the usual paracetemol, ibuprofen was having any effect. I ended up driving him to the Whittington Hospital Emergency deptartment at 4 a.m. as he was in such terrible pain. There was one nurse on duty and a few people in the waiting room. We were told that no one could see him as it was a dental problem - and that there was a several hour wait anyway - if you did wait all the docs would offer was paracetemol or ibuprofen.
There was a sign with a number for a 24 hour emergency dentist - saying NHS or private. I rang them and found that to see an NHS dentist was for normal office hours ie 9-5. The private would see him sooner but at a cost of £85 +
He eventually got to see an NHS dentist at 2pm this afternoon who gave him antibiotics and strong painkillers after a night of awful pain.
Is this the best the NHS can do?
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