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£2.64MILLION FUNDING BOOST FOR GLASGOW DENTAL SERVICES

January 20, 2006 3:50 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow today welcomed the announcement of more than two and a half million pounds of funding from the Scottish Executive to improve local dental services.

As part of a £30 million nationwide programme to modernise surgeries and other dental premises, the Deputy Health Minister Lewis Macdonald today allocated £2.64 million pounds to Greater Glasgow. The funding will be used to expand and upgrade the Primary Care Treatment Centre within the Glasgow Dental Hospital and replace the existing Plean Street Clinic in Yoker.

NHS Greater Glasgow's Director of Community Dental Health Ray McAndrew believes the investment will play a large part in developing better dental health among Glaswegians: "This really is fantastic news, and all of us working in community dentistry in Glasgow are delighted.

"In particular, we're very pleased about the £1.74 million funding that will allow us to work on the replacement for the Plean Street Clinic in Yoker. This will be a brand-new, purpose-built building and it will help us to achieve the improvement we want in oral health.

"The £900,000 investment in the Primary Care Treatment Centre (PCTC) is also a huge boost. Our premises on the first floor of the Glasgow Dental Hospital will be significantly upgraded, allowing us to offer a better service. I'm also very excited that this will allow us to provide an outreach teaching facility for dental undergraduates."

Improvements to the Glasgow PCTC are expected to begin within approximately three months. Five new surgeries will be provided, alongside new staff changing areas and upgraded office accommodation.

The building of the Plean Street Clinic Replacement is expected to start in around a year's time, and will represent a much larger construction project. This will involve the demolition of the existing clinic and replacing it with a new and substantially expanded 3-floor facility which will be shared with other partners in health.

Some of the space in the new improved Plean Street Clinic will also be used to provide an outreach teaching facility for dental undergraduate students.

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Notes for Editors

For more information please contact Annalena Winslow at NHS Greater Glasgow Communications on 0141 201 4447.

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