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  • Release date: 29 November 2017
  • Period covered: 2016-17 and April to June 2017
Data includes information on the number of patients receiving NHS dental treatment, the type of treatments provided and the numbers of NHS dentists.

April to June 2017

Release date: 29 November 2017

Data has been published on StatsWales.


Release date: 31 August 2017

Key points

Activity between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017

  • Over 5 million units of dental activity (UDA) were carried out in 2016-17, an increase of 1.6 per cent compared with 2015-16. This represented approximately 2.4 million individual NHS dental courses of treatment (CoTs), an increase of 1.8 per cent compared with 2015–16. 

Patients treated in the 24 months before 31 March 2017

  • 1.7 million patients (54.9 per cent of the population) were seen in the 24 month period ending March 2017. 52.2 per cent of adults were treated, slightly decreasing from the previous period; as well as 65.8 per cent of children, increasing slightly from the previous period.

Workforce between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017

  • A total of 1,475 dentists who had NHS activity were recorded between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. There were 4.7 dentists per 10,000 population, which was the same as the previous year.

Patient charges between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017

  • 44.9 per cent of all CoTs were for paying adults. The total patient charge for this amounted to £34.7 million, an increase of 4.5 per cent when compared to the patient charge of £33.2 million in 2015-16.

Further information

Quarterly data are published on StatsWales and a report is published annually.


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