The NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) have identified an error in the reporting of the number of dental patients seen figures affecting the period December 2020 to June 2021. During the period affected by the Covid-19 pandemic many dental practices began triaging patients to determine the required care. Patients who were only triaged do not meet the criteria for a patient having been seen however they were incorrectly included within the counts of patients seen from December 2020 to June 2021 and as a result the published counts are approximately 0.4% higher than they should be at a national level.
The NHS BSA have corrected this reporting error and NHS Digital will republish corrected data for December 2020 to June 2021 in the next NHS Dental Statistics biannual publication in February 2022.
We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.