Abergavenny war veteran’s nine-month wait for tooth removal

Abergavenny war veteran’s nine-month wait for tooth removal

Korean war veteran Charles Christmas 85, has been given a 9 month NHS dental waiting list, to remove a painful wisdom tooth. Pictured at his home in Abergavenny is Charles with David Davies MP for Monmouth. (8086775)

Korean war veteran Charles Christmas 85, has been given a 9 month NHS dental waiting list, to remove a painful wisdom tooth. Pictured at his home in Abergavenny is Charles. (8086786)

Korean war veteran Charles Christmas 85, has been given a 9 month NHS dental waiting list. Pictured at his home in Abergavenny is Charles with a painful wisdom tooth which is affecting his health. (8086805)

Korean war veteran Charles Christmas 85, has been given a 9 month NHS dental waiting list. Pictured at his home in Abergavenny is Charles with David Davies MP for Monmouth. (8086819)

Korean war veteran Charles Christmas 85, has been given a 9 month NHS dental waiting list. Pictured is Charles as a young sailor with the Fleet Air Arm in Italy. (8086826)

Korean war veteran Charles Christmas 85, has been given a 9 month NHS dental waiting list. Pictured is Charles as a Petty Officer with the Fleet Air Arm. (8086834)

First published in Gwent news

A KOREAN War veteran from Abergavenny is facing a nine month wait for dental treatment despite suffering with constant tooth pain.

Charles Christmas, 85, needs to have an infected wisdom tooth removed but has been told there is a NHS waiting list of nine months.

He could go private, paying as much as £2,000 to have the tooth taken out, but would have to rely on family and friends.

David Davies, MP for Monmouth, said the wait is completely unacceptable.

Mr Christmas served 22 years in the Fleet Air Arm in the Royal Navy and served on the HMS Triumph, an aircraft carrier, during the Korean War.

Mr Christmas said: “I think it’s terrible the time you’ve got to wait for something like this... When I’m eating it’s pressing on it all the time. At night it is just throbbing."

Mr Davies said he has raised Mr Christmas’ case with Aneurin Bevan Health Board and has written to different armed forces charities to see if any financial assistance is available.

He said he’s had promising replies but added: “We should not be relying on charities.

"Mr Christmas has valiantly served this country in war and peace and to be told he has to wait in pain for nine months is completely unacceptable.

“The Welsh Government is making a lot of noise about helping veterans but the reality is that nothing seems to be changing on the ground.

“I have been in touch with the local health board and want to know why something can’t be done more quickly for Mr Christmas.”

A spokesman for Aneurin Bevan Health Board said: “We cannot comment on specific details of individual cases due to confidentiality. Generally speaking, in some cases it is only appropriate for an oral surgical procedure to be carried out in hospital, this can be due to factors such as age, medications, and other medical conditions.

“Any patient would then be treated in accordance with their clinical priority. We are aware of Mr Christmas’ case and his dental surgery are liaising with hospital consultants to try and get him the treatment he needs as quickly as possible.”

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “We cannot comment on individual cases. However, we expect all patients to be seen as quickly as possible, in order of clinical priority and within Welsh waiting times targets.”

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9:04am Mon 14 Jul 14

taffygwent says...

That's what happens when our NHS is open to everyone who enters the country. If I travel to another country I need insurance to cover my health needs
That's what happens when our NHS is open to everyone who enters the country. If I travel to another country I need insurance to cover my health needs taffygwent
  • Score: 2

9:05am Mon 14 Jul 14

displayed says...

Irrespective of his role in the war, he is a patient first and foremost, so he deserves equal treatment from the NHS and shouldn't have to suffer any longer than possible.
There must b a dental dept in the UK that could ease his pain an suffering...........
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Irrespective of his role in the war, he is a patient first and foremost, so he deserves equal treatment from the NHS and shouldn't have to suffer any longer than possible. There must b a dental dept in the UK that could ease his pain an suffering........... ........... displayed
  • Score: 8

9:18am Mon 14 Jul 14

letsgobarbie says...

I seem to remember the conservatives making a lot of noise about helping veterans and serving soldiers in all sorts of situations! Now let me think when was it?

I remember, it was just before they got into government through the back door with the help of Nick Clegg and the Libdems.

Most of the focus on the armed services since has been to reduce their wages,
The Army launched a £3m recruitment campaign aimed at boosting mainly reserve forces at a fraction of the cost of regular forces, this is the Tory response to unemployment, working poor and zero
hours.
The coalition government of today are letting our youth and elderly fall through the cracks in our culture.
And our local Labour party are more interested in ceremonies and spending on twinning activities including subsidised trips to Germany.
.
I seem to remember the conservatives making a lot of noise about helping veterans and serving soldiers in all sorts of situations! Now let me think when was it? I remember, it was just before they got into government through the back door with the help of Nick Clegg and the Libdems. Most of the focus on the armed services since has been to reduce their wages, The Army launched a £3m recruitment campaign aimed at boosting mainly reserve forces at a fraction of the cost of regular forces, this is the Tory response to unemployment, working poor and zero hours. The coalition government of today are letting our youth and elderly fall through the cracks in our culture. And our local Labour party are more interested in ceremonies and spending on twinning activities including subsidised trips to Germany. . letsgobarbie
  • Score: 6

9:39am Mon 14 Jul 14

ladyjane79 says...

my sister had to wait over a year to have her teeth out and she was in unbearable pain which stopped her from eatingor drinking some days so nine months is shorter then the normal wiating time.
my sister had to wait over a year to have her teeth out and she was in unbearable pain which stopped her from eatingor drinking some days so nine months is shorter then the normal wiating time. ladyjane79
  • Score: 3

9:47am Mon 14 Jul 14

letsgobarbie says...

All I want for Christmas is his two front teeth!

David Davies, is more likely to sign him up for private health care and send him to London.
All I want for Christmas is his two front teeth! David Davies, is more likely to sign him up for private health care and send him to London. letsgobarbie
  • Score: 6

11:26am Mon 14 Jul 14

amandadavies8 says...

No disrespect.... Obviously don't no the ins and outs... But my son paid £85 private to have a tooth removed and had it done the same day he rang the private practice....
No disrespect.... Obviously don't no the ins and outs... But my son paid £85 private to have a tooth removed and had it done the same day he rang the private practice.... amandadavies8
  • Score: 0

12:34pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Floppy backed says...

taffygwent wrote:
That's what happens when our NHS is open to everyone who enters the country. If I travel to another country I need insurance to cover my health needs
What about those British citizens who are constantly creaming off the NHS? dont think foreigners are the problem - its the British lazy mob who have lifestyle chooses who cant be bothered and also have no interest in looking after themselves or their children. Until we address these problems of those who think the NHS is a free service to pick up the pieces then this is going to be an on-going problem. One of the reasons why partly paying for a service can work (making people be more responsible). The fact of the matter is the aging population and not enough money in the pot. Blaming foreigners is rather naive.
[quote][p][bold]taffygwent[/bold] wrote: That's what happens when our NHS is open to everyone who enters the country. If I travel to another country I need insurance to cover my health needs[/p][/quote]What about those British citizens who are constantly creaming off the NHS? dont think foreigners are the problem - its the British lazy mob who have lifestyle chooses who cant be bothered and also have no interest in looking after themselves or their children. Until we address these problems of those who think the NHS is a free service to pick up the pieces then this is going to be an on-going problem. One of the reasons why partly paying for a service can work (making people be more responsible). The fact of the matter is the aging population and not enough money in the pot. Blaming foreigners is rather naive. Floppy backed
  • Score: -1

1:13pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Newport87 says...

amandadavies8 wrote:
No disrespect.... Obviously don't no the ins and outs... But my son paid £85 private to have a tooth removed and had it done the same day he rang the private practice....
Perhaps you/your son would like to offer to pay for Mr Christmas to have this work done privately?
[quote][p][bold]amandadavies8[/bold] wrote: No disrespect.... Obviously don't no the ins and outs... But my son paid £85 private to have a tooth removed and had it done the same day he rang the private practice....[/p][/quote]Perhaps you/your son would like to offer to pay for Mr Christmas to have this work done privately? Newport87
  • Score: 0

10:25pm Mon 14 Jul 14

amandadavies8 says...

Newport87 wrote:
amandadavies8 wrote:
No disrespect.... Obviously don't no the ins and outs... But my son paid £85 private to have a tooth removed and had it done the same day he rang the private practice....
Perhaps you/your son would like to offer to pay for Mr Christmas to have this work done privately?
My son didn't want to have to pay for his tooth to be taken out... He had no choice... As couldn't find a nhs dentist that was taking on....
[quote][p][bold]Newport87[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]amandadavies8[/bold] wrote: No disrespect.... Obviously don't no the ins and outs... But my son paid £85 private to have a tooth removed and had it done the same day he rang the private practice....[/p][/quote]Perhaps you/your son would like to offer to pay for Mr Christmas to have this work done privately?[/p][/quote]My son didn't want to have to pay for his tooth to be taken out... He had no choice... As couldn't find a nhs dentist that was taking on.... amandadavies8
  • Score: -2

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