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More patients receiving their dental check up 

THE Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service’s oral health team continues to excel by providing high-quality care to an ever-increasing amount of local patients.

Statistics released as part of Dental Health Week reveal that waiting times for general dental care remain well within the recommended guidelines for both new and returning WBHHS dental patients.

"Our local oral health clinics are seeing more patients than ever before, yet our waiting times continue to remain sustainably within recommended two year guidelines," WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington said.

"At Bundaberg and Hervey Bay waiting times for new patients are currently 17 and 15 months respectively, and all other facilities have wait times within one year of referral.

"The improvements to waiting times are being achieved despite an increase in the number of dental bookings from 4489 patients in January to a total of 5002 patients in July.

"Wait times have dropped significantly in the last two years, with some dental patients having previously waiting up to 12 years for their appointment.

"Our oral health teams should be proud of what they have achieved for dental patients, ensuring they are seen and treated within a reasonable timeframe.

The efficiency of the WBHHS oral health teams has also enabled more patients to be booked for essential follow up appointments after their initial general dental appointments.

"For those oral health patients rebooking for a second appointment the wait times are also well within the two year guidelines," Mr Pennington said.

"Being able to keep reduce the waiting time for follow up appointments which is important to ensuring patients maintain good oral health and receive good treatment for any conditions they may have.

"All our oral health staff should be proud as their work has led to more dental patients being seen than ever before, leading to better outcomes for their oral health and hygiene."


Last updated: 24 August 2015