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  • Release date: 21 August 2014
  • Period covered: April 2013 to March 2014
Data includes information on the number of patients receiving NHS dental treatment, the type of treatments provided and the numbers of NHS dentists.

Key points

Activity between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014

  • A total of just under 5.1 million Units of Dental Activity were carried out in 2013-14, an increase of 1.2 per cent when compared with 2012-13. This represented 2.4 million individual NHS dental courses of treatment, an increase of 1.0 per cent compared with 2012-13.
  • Over four fifths (82.0 per cent) of adult Courses of Treatment included an examination, equating to 1.5 million CoTs.
  • The total number of Units of Orthodontic Activity credited during 2013-14 in Wales was 203,439.

Patients treated in the 24 months before 31 March 2014

  • 1.7 million Patients were recorded as having been treated in the 24 months before 31 March 2014 amounting to 54.7 per cent of the population. 64.6 per cent of the child (under 18 years) and 52.2 per cent of the adult population (18 years or over) were treated in the previous 24 months.

Workforce between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014

  • There were 1,438 dentists with NHS activity recorded on dental activity (FP17W) forms, an increase of 46 (3.3 per cent) compared with 2012-13 equating to 4.7 dentists per 10,000 population.

Patient charges between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014

  • 41.9 per cent of all CoTs were for paying adults. The total patient charge for this amounted to £30.2 million, an increase of 5.8 per cent when compared to the patient charge of £28.6 million in 2012-13.

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


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