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Steady increase in dental registrations in Highland

Issued: 28 Oct 2008

NHS Highland continues to make progress increasing access to NHS dentists with an increase of more than 5500 between March and June this year.

Figures out today show more than 71% of children and 35% of adults were registered with an NHS dentist at June. This compares with just over 60% of children and just under 30% of adults registered at June last year.

Clinical Dental Director Cathy Lush said: “These figures give us encouragement that our policy of building new NHS dental surgeries staffed by salaried NHS dentists combined with working with independent General Dental Practitioners who wish to retain a significant or increased commitment to NHS dentistry is beginning to make a difference for thousands of people. In addition, the other major development regarding the teaching of undergraduate dental students in Inverness is also providing additional access for patients seeking emergency and routine care, although this is not included in the registration figures’.

Expansion of primary dental care services is underway in many areas within Highland. New facilities are in development in Grantown and Invergordon and earlier this year the new Inverness Dental Centre started to see its first patients. In total NHS Highland has plans that will allow the Board to offer an additional 39,000 people the opportunity to register with an NHS dentist.

NHS Highland has also had some success at attracting General Dental Practitioners to work for the NHS using the Scottish Dental Access Initiative. The SDAI providesgrants of up to £100,000to dentists proposing to establish new NHS practices or grants of up to £50,000 to dentists proposing to expand existing NHS practices in areas of unmet patient demand or high oral health need and grants have been awarded to dentists in various parts of Highland. We are also working closely with colleagues in Fort William to further improve access in the area supporting the relocation of the General Dental Practice to enable it to expand the service it provides to NHS patients.

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