FORTH VALLEY residents in need of urgent dental advice and treatment can access a new service put in place by NHS Forth Valley.

Routine dental services across Scotland have been temporary suspended as part of a national drive to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, protect patients and ensure the safety of dental staff.

But people in central Scotland who are registered with a dental practice and feel they have an urgent dental need, in normal working hours, should phone their practice for advice.

Staff will be able to provide advice, reassurance or carry out a telephone assessment.

Following assessment by the dental practice, anyone who requires urgent dental treatment will be contacted and, if necessary, given an appointment to be seen at one of a number of urgent dental care centres in the area.

Those with symptoms of Covid-19 will be seen at a designated urgent dental care centre.

Anyone who is not registered with a dentist should phone 01324 614 670 for dental advice during normal working hours.

Out-with normal working hours, anyone who requires advice for an urgent dental issue should contact NHS24 on 111 whether they are registered with a dentist or not.

The Orthodontic Department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital has also suspended all non-urgent appointments and advice for anyone with a brace fitted who experiences a problem is available on the Covid-19 section of the NHS Forth Valley website.