NHS Greater Glasgow is to receive £550,000 to improve community dental facilities for children and adults with special needs.
The additional funding, which is part of a £2.35 million national initiative announced today by the Scottish Executive, will be used to develop and expand dental facilities at Pollok and Springburn Health Centres.
Pollok Health Centre will receive £400,000 to develop a new purpose-built facility to accommodate the existing general dental practice and a new salaried community dental service. These facilities will be located in prominent position on the ground floor of health centre within a new purpose-built extension. The new dental facility will have additional surgery space, a recovery area, improved access and a special dental unit to enable staff to offer an extended range of services, including sedation, for children and adults with special needs. It will also allow staff to provide services to around 2,000 additional patients.
Springburn Health Centre will receive £150,000 to upgrade and extend existing dental surgery accommodation within the centre. The development, which will be taken forward over the next year, will provide a larger recovery area, improve access for wheelchair users and allow patients with special needs to be treated under sedation, where necessary.
Robert Broadfoot, Director of Dental Services for NHS Greater Glasgow's Primary Care Division, said: "This is a major funding boost for our community dental services which will significantly improve the accommodation and facilities used to treat a large number of adults and children with special needs."
He added: "We also hope to employ additional dentists, dental hygienists, therapists and nursing staff within both of these facilities as part of a wider plan to expand and improve community dental services for children across the city. This will enable us to provide additional preventative treatment and support to children at high risk of developing tooth decay."
Deputy Health Minister, Tom McCabe said: "These projects will make a real impact in improving access to NHS dentistry in the communities they serve.
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