NHS Greater Glasgow today (Thursday 27th May) announced details of its plans to create a new NHS dental treatment centre within the Glasgow Dental Hospital & School.
The new treatment centre, which will take over the existing dental hospital run drop-in treatment service, will have extended opening times and offer a wider and more comprehensive range of patient treatments.
The existing hospital run drop-in service has historically been paid for from education funds. However it has been agreed that this type of teaching is less appropriate and funds could be re-allocated with greater benefit.
Recognising the importance of the existing service for the local population and visitors, NHS Greater Glasgow has developed a plan to ensure that an accessible dental treatment service is not only maintained, but also further improved with additional resources approved by the Scottish Executive.
The development of the new centre, which will be run by the NHS Greater Glasgow Primary Care Division, is widely supported by professional and patient groups across the city.
Danny Crawford, Chief Officer, Greater Glasgow Health Council: "We are delighted that NHS Greater Glasgow is developing this new dental centre as the number of patients attending the present drop-in service confirms the need for such a facility.
He added: "NHS Greater Glasgow's Primary Care Division already operates a very effective out-of-hours dental service based at the Glasgow Dental Hospital & School so it is ideally positioned to take over the running of the treatment service"
Robert Broadfoot, Dental Director, NHS Greater Glasgow Primary Care Division, said; "The new centre will ensure that all patients who are not registered with a dentist, and people who develop dental problems while visiting Glasgow, can continue to access high quality dental treatment services.
He added; "Very few people who attend the existing hospital run drop-in service require specialist treatment. However, the new centre will work closely with dental hospital staff to ensure that these patients continue to have access by referral to the specialist services they require."
The new centre, which is expected to be up and running by 1st September 2004, will be staffed by a dedicated team of dentists and will operate between 10am and 6pm Monday – Friday.
As well as offering a wider range of dental treatments it will provide follow-up advice and information to help reintegrate patients back into mainstream community dental services to ensure their future dental health needs are monitored and met on a regular basis. It will also offer a bookings system for patients who wish to make appointments rather than attend and wait for the first available treatment slot. A community-based service for children will be established to provide a dedicated service within a child friendly environment.
Additional Background Information
Ø The current hospital run drop-in service offers a limited range of dental treatments designed to address the most urgent problems until a patient can be seen by a local dentist.
Ø The new centre will apply the same NHS charges as community based dental practices and other NHS run drop-in dental treatment centres across the UK. It is estimated, however, that around 70% of patients who attend the current hospital based drop-in day service would be exempt from any NHS charges.
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