A state-of-the-art dental centre is now open on the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) site in Paisley.
This means that for the first time in Renfrewshire a comprehensive range of oral health services are now available under one roof.
There will be access to community and salaried dentists for people unable to attend a general dental practitioner, such as infirm older people, patients with long-term illnesses or special needs.
The new centre will also accommodate specialist NHS dental services which means that 3000 patients will no longer have to travel to Glasgow Dental Hospital for treatment.
Karen Murray, Director of East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership and Oral Health Directorate, said:
“The new facility is fitted with the very latest equipment in bright, modern accommodation, designed to reassure even the most nervous patients.
“I’m particularly pleased that it also means that we can treat more patients requiring specialist dental services locally.”
Dental students from the University of Glasgow Dental Hospital and School will undertake outreach training under the supervision of qualified dentists at the new centre.
The RAH not only has good transport links but also free car parking and on-site disabled parking.
As a result of the new facility opening, services from five stand-alone dental clinics at Dykebar Hospital, Glenburn Clinic, Johnstone Health Centre, the Russell Institute and one of the two surgeries based at Foxbar will transfer to the new dental centre.
The 3000 patients who currently attend these clinics have been told by letter of the new arrangements for their dental service.
The newly established RAH dental centre has eight student training chairs, known as Student Outreach. All student treatment at the clinic is carried out by Final Year Dental Students from the University of Glasgow Dental Hospital and School and is carefully supervised by fully qualified dentists who have overall responsibility for the dental care provided.
What can student outreach offer you?
If you are not registered with a dentist and require routine dental care we may be able to help you. At your first appointment in the outreach training centre your dental needs will be assessed to determine whether or not the necessary treatment is appropriate to be undertaken by a dental student.
We can provide a single course of dental treatment in the Outreach Training dental surgeries to improve your dental health and give advice to prevent future dental disease. The course of dental treatment is free when undertaken by dental students. Appointments can be made from 9.00am to 2.30pm. There is no service provision out-with these hours. We do not provide cosmetic dental treatment.
For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]hs.uk.