STRUCTURE: The first new dental practice to start up in the Doncaster area in more than 10 years has earned the seal of approval of the country’s top dentist.

Department of Health chief dental officer Barry Cockcroft officially open Thorne’s Fieldside Dental Practice, which has two dentists and the capacity to take on up to 5,000 new NHS patients.

Mr Cockcroft praised NHS Doncaster for awarding the contract for a new dental service in Thorne, which he said has gone ahead after identifying a strong local need. 

He said: “Many local people have problems with their teeth, so this is a valuable new service that will make a real difference to local dental healthcare.”