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Minister Opens New Dental Department in Greenock

September 15, 2009 1:01 PM

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A new state of the art Dental Department at Greenock Health Centre has been officially opened by Minister for Public Health and Sport Shona Robison MSP.

Following a 16-week refurbishment programme, the new facility now provides 21st Century Dental Care for the local population in Greenock.

At a special ceremony at the new £750,000 facility, the Minister met with staff, patients and local schoolchildren before unveiling a commemorative plaque and officially declaring the Dental Department open.

Minister Shona Robison said: “Expanding access to NHS dentistry is a top priority for the Scottish Government, and providing new outreach facilities for trainees is also an important part of our national plan to improve dentistry training.

“The dental department at Greenock Health Centre is a terrific example of combining both of these priorities in one central, state-of-the-art facility. We have invested £300,000 in the refurbishment and it’s encouraging to see so many local people are already benefitting from the most advanced technology and facilities available here.”

Andrew Robertson, Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, speaking at the event said: “I am delighted to see that the new dental facility has improved the environment for both patients and staff.

“As well as providing state of the art dental care for the people of Greenock the surgeries also offer high quality training for dental undergraduates supervised by experienced practitioners.

“This development benefits patients by providing access to specialist treatment closer to home.”

The number of surgeries in the new department has increased from five to eight with the most advanced dental and digital radiography equipment available. The design provides improved access complying with the Disability Discrimination Act and one surgery has been fitted with an overhead patient hoist to facilitate the care of patients with mobility problems.

The upgraded Department provides four surgeries for Dental Student Outreach Training, where 5th year Dental Students from Glasgow University Dental School, treat patients with the appropriate supervision, whilst allowing them to practice dentistry in the local community.

The remaining four surgeries provide Dental Care to the local community for patients who traditionally attended this location for Dental treatment e.g. Paediatric, Special Care and General Dental Service patients.

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For further information contact 0141 201 4429.

Images of the official opening will be available for download at www.nhsggc.org.uk/photodesk.

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