Wednesday, 14 December 2011

NHS Care Post Pregnancy

Okay, so I don't really know where I stand on this one and I was hoping for a few opinions and thoughts to know how you all feel about this.

I am currently on maternity leave and as most of you Mummy's know, when you are pregnant you qualify for free NHS Health care for the duration of your pregnancy up to a year after. For me this ends in June 2012, as detailed on my NHS Health card.

I visited the dentist back in June and to my utter disappointment I needed a filling replaced, he performed the work that needed to be done and advised me that when I visited again in November he would need to check everything was ok by carrying out an X-ray. He couldn't do this back at my June appointment as I was still pregnant.

So I sit my November appointment, and I feel like I have been completely by-passed. The dentist did a very basic check of my teeth and I was in and out in under 5 minutes. There was no mention of the X-ray I was supposed to have done....and then he told me that he would see me in 9 months instead of the usual 6! This will take me until August....

I can't help feeling like this is deliberate, when I go back in August I am out of free care and I will be liable for any work that needs doing. I feel that he knows this and he will do a more thorougher job then, when he knows I will be forking out the £££.

This is the first and only time I have been asked to come back in 9 months compared to the standard 6 months, has anyone else found this while receiving their free NHS treatment?

What would you do in my situation? Would you call the surgery back and get an earlier appointment, as I feel I should have the X-ray to make sure everything is as it should be. It was after all his recommendation for my next appointment, but I don't feel I should wait until August when I could have it now, and as it is my right to this free care, why shouldn't I take it??


  1. I would ring up and ask why you weren't X-rayed. It could be genuine and after checking your teeth, he didn't think the X-ray was still needed as everything looked okay. But if it was an oversight, you should insist on an earlier appointment to make up for this.

    Whenever I've been to the dentist during my maternity leaves, the dentist has made sure that any work that needs doing is done within a reasonable time and always within the NHS exemption period.

    Hope it all works out for you xx

  2. I would ask him why he didn't do the x-ray, but don't have an accusing tone when you do. It could be things had settled down- when I was pregnant, my teeth and gums went crazy with infections and all sorts, but as soon as I wasn't they went back to normal. Hormones have an affect on the whole body, including the gums.

    He would be paid anyway, not by yourself but all NHS treatment is paid for by someone- elsewise you wouldn't have the card you have. I myself only go every 9 months, so that's not unusual.

    Do speak to him though, if only for peace of mind.

  3. The last slayer - thanks for commenting. I am hoping it was an over sight and I will call the surgery tomorrow and see if I can book another appointment for sooner rather than later :-) thanks again xx

    20somethingmum - thanks for the advice and I will get in touch with the surgery and see what they advise.

    Thank you both xxx


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