THE opening hours at the Dental Access Centre at Swindon Health Centre have been extended in a one-year trial.

The service on Carfax Street offers NHS dentistry to people who are not registered with an NHS dental practice but need urgent care.

Appointments are now available from 8am until 7pm on Thursdays and may be extended to additional days. The standard hours are 9am until 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Dot Wheadon, business manager for community dental services at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “In a recent patient survey, patients told us that attending dental appointments during core working hours was difficult. We all have busy lives and I hope these longer opening hours will make it a bit easier for people.”

To make an appointment, call the dental helpline on 0845 758926. Patients who need urgent dental treatment during weekends or bank holidays should call 111.