A state-of-the-art dental centre on the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) site in Paisley has been officially opened by the minister for public health Michael Matheson.
Mr Matheson attended the centre which now offers users in Renfrewshire a comprehensive range of oral health services under one roof.
The centre offers 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.
It will also accommodate some NHS dental services previously provided at Glasgow Dental Hospital, reducing the need for approximately 3000 patients to travel into Glasgow for their treatment.
Opening the centre, Mr Matheson said: “I am delighted to officially open this new dental centre in Paisley. This state of the art facility is a welcome addition to the community and the move here means that for the first time in Renfrewshire this range of oral health services are now available under one roof. Having so many dental disciplines in one facility will mean that patients receive the best care available without having to be referred elsewhere.
“The Scottish Government has made significant investments in dentistry and we now have more NHS dentists than ever before. Our latest figures show that since 2007 an extra 1.2 million Scots, including the vast majority of children living north of the border, have access to NHS dental treatment. Increased access has also meant improvements in the oral health of the nation and Scots primary school children have the best dental health since our records began. We want this good work to continue and NHS dental treatment will remain a top priority for this Government.”
Karen Murray, Director of East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership and Oral Health Directorate, said: “This 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 locally by providing access to outreach student clinics previously only available to Renfrewshire patients if they travelled into Glasgow and by providing some treatments locally that were previously provided only at Glasgow Dental Hospital.”
Five stand-alone dental clinics, Dykebar Hospital, Glenburn Clinic, Johnstone Health Centre, the Russell Institute and one of the two surgeries based at Foxbar have all transferred to the new dental centre.
All surgeries in the dental centre are designed and equipped to deliver many forms of dental treatment, from oral surgery to orthodontics. In addition, two surgeries have been designed for special care patients who may have additional requirements: surgery 11 for younger patients, and surgery 16 for sedation/adult special care. Both are equipped with ceiling mounted hoists to aid moving and handling of patients who require assistance, with ample floor space for access. Both surgeries also have the necessary equipment to allow patients to be treated under conscious sedation, if necessary.
Having all dental disciplines within one centre also benefits both patients and staff, as dentists can consult with each other easily, in person, ensuring that the patient is receiving the best of care available without having to be referred elsewhere.
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 which has eight student training chairs.
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.
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Pic Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson speaks with staff and a young patient.