Call for NHS den­tist

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A shop full of a popsinger Pixie Lott’s clothes, which showed up in Uxbridge for just one week, has raised thou­sands for a young per­son’s char­ity.

The singer do­nated clothes and ac­ces­sories from her tour for a popup shop at intu Uxbridge from Mon­day 15 – Sun­day 21 Fe­bru­ary.

£2,500 was raised for Car­diac Risk in the Young (CRY), a char­ity which has been work­ing to re­duce the fre­quency of young sud­den car­diac death since 1995.

Dr Steven Cox, CRY chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “What a great week at intu Uxbridge.

“We are so grate­ful to the intu team who al­lowed us to ‘set up shop’ over the half term – and tim­ing couldn’t have been bet­ter, lead­ing up to a high pro­file BBC TV Life­line Ap­peal, fronted by Pixie, that was broad­cast re­cently.

“Many of the vis­i­tors we met wanted to learn more about CRY’s work and Pixie’s in­volve­ment with the char­ity and it was a real plea­sure for our staff and vol­un­teers to chat to shop­pers of all ages who showed so much HUN­DREDS of Hare­field res­i­dents have signed a pe­ti­tion to get an NHS den­tist in their vil­lage.

NHS Eng­land had car­ried out a needs as­sess­ment where they found that the den­tal de­cay rates in Hilling­don are amongst the worst in Lon­don.

They say there has been a high de­mand for NHS Den­tal Ser­vices in the Hare­field area since the pre­vi­ous den­tist closed in 2011, leav­ing only two pri­vate op­tions in the vil­lage. An ap­pli­ca­tion for ‘change of use’ from res­i­den­tial to den­tal clinic on 12A North­wood Road was sub­mit­ted to Hilling­don Coun­cil in Septem­ber 2015, but a de­ci­sion was de­layed when nearby res­i­dents raised con­cerns.

The pro­posed use would in­cor­po­rate the pro­vi­sion of off-street park­ing spa­ces with re­place­ment 2m high acous­tic fences in the front and rear gar­dens.

Around 40 res­i­dents signed a pe­ti­tion against the NHS den­tal clinic, stat­ing the change of use is ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate’ and were con­cerned about noise and car dis­tur­bance with in­suf­fi­cient car park­ing for staff.

But Liz Fer­nan­dez, the fu­ture den­tal prac­tice in­ter­est in our on­go­ing mis­sion to pre­vent young sud­den car­diac death.”

CRY sup­ports young peo­ple di­ag­nosed with po­ten­tially lifethreat­en­ing car­diac con­di­tions and of­fers be­reave­ment sup­port to fam­i­lies af­fected, as well as fund­ing heart screen­ing pro­grammes and med­i­cal re­search

Mr Cox added: “Over­all we raised the man­ager, says “ev­ery­one de­serves to have NHS treat­ment”.

She said: “It’s not fair on peo­ple, it’s not fair on the vul­ner­a­ble and it’s not fair on the chil­dren.

“You do need a den­tist there, you need a free den­tist for the chil­dren and a free den­tist for the un­em­ployed.

“There’s peo­ple on so­cial me­dia telling us they have three bro­ken teeth and it’s sad we can’t open a den­tist in the UK be­cause of park­ing.”

Ms Fer­nan­dez and her col­leagues have started col­lect­ing sig­na­tures in favour of the ser­vice.

An on­line pe­ti­tion has so far gath­ered 110 sig­na­tures and an­other 105 have been col­lected in print.

One wrote: “We do need an NHS den­tist in Hare­field – I am a mum of three and my­self and chil­dren need an NHS den­tist lo­cal as the pri­vate ones are too ex­pen­sive.”

An­other com­mented: “We had a den­tal prac­tice that closed along the same stretch of road. We need an­other NHS den­tist in­stead of mak­ing the el­derly and lit­tle ones leave the vil­lage.”

Hilling­don Coun­cil de­ferred the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion at the North Plan­ning Com­mit­tee on Thurs­day last week. fan­tas­tic sum of around £2,500 – not to men­tion the value of rais­ing aware­ness in such a busy and vi­brant shop­ping mall. As one of intu Uxbridge’s nom­i­nated char­i­ties of the year, we look for­ward to work­ing with the team again dur­ing 2016.”

The All About Tonight singer is a pa­tron of CRY and uses the role to help spread the word about the char­ity’s vi­tal work.

Natasha House, mar­ket­ing man­ager at intu Uxbridge, said: “It was fan­tas­tic that CRY were able to open a popup char­ity shop here at intu Uxbridge, with thanks to their pa­tron Pixie Lott.

“The store was hugely pop­u­lar with our shop­pers, and spread aware­ness for the char­ity and their fan­tas­tic work.”

At least 12 young, ap­par­ently fit and healthy peo­ple (aged 35 and un­der) in the UK lose their lives due to un­di­ag­nosed heart con­di­tions ev­ery week.

As well as work­ing with Car­diac Risk in the Young, intu Uxbridge will be sup­port­ing Rain­bow Trust and Hilling­don Car­ers to raise aware­ness and funds for the causes.

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